Stop speeding drivers

Oaklands Road in Lowton
Oaklands Road in Lowton

A CALL for a 20 mph speed limit is being called for by residents on a Lowton housing estate.

People living on Oaklands Road and Laburnham Road want the limit imposing to prevent drivers putting their foot down while travelling near schools, parks and nurseries.

They also say the narrow estate roads are being turned into a rat run in the mornings by drivers seeking to take a short cut to avoid congestion on Newton Road.

The campaign is being supported by the Oaklands and Meadows Residents’ Association (OMRA), the Lowton East Neighbourhood Development Forum (LENDF) and Labour councillor for Lowton ward Pam Gilligan.

OMRA committee member Malcolm Jones said: “We’ve been having a steady stream of complaints about the traffic now for around the last two years, and it’s mentioned at nearly every meeting.

“Other areas near schools and nurseries have 20mph speed limits and we think it would be best for our estate.”

Wigan Council policy states that every estate road in the borough will eventually have a 20mph speed limit, and notable accident hotspots or areas with significant traffic problems are having the slower limits put in first.

However, Labour councillor for Lowton East ward Pam Gilligan says the problems on the estate run much deeper than speeding and talks are underway to also curb the volume of traffic using the roads, with a residents’ meeting arranged for next month.

Coun Gilligan said: “The residents have my full support but negotiations to solve the other problems on the estate are underway and the officers I have spoken to have been very supportive.”