An accident waiting to happen in Ashton-on-Mersey

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ZENA Moyle, of Carrington Lane, Ashton-on-Mersey, feared there could be an accident at the junction of Ashton and Carrington lanes.

She said: “If there are vehicles coming in the opposite direction when cars turn off Ashton Lane onto Carrington Lane then those cars making the turn are forced to go on to the pavement.

“Those drivers don’t tend to slow down and this could lead to a nasty accident.

“The junction needs something to slow people making that turn down.

“It happens dozens of times each day.”

Phil Bradburn, of High Elm Road, Hale Barns, said the road he lived on sometimes resembled a racetrack.

He said: “People use the road as a cut through from one end of the village to the other. When development in the Square starts I think it might get even worse.

“There’s a school nearby too with many pupils attempting to cross the road. A camera would be great because this is an accident waiting to happen.

“High Elm is a long, straight, wide road and a bus route and I’m glad someone is prepared to even look into this issue.”

A council spokesperson told SAM : “Trafford Council is aware of the concerns of local people and that they are taken seriously.”

Executive councillor Alan Mitchell said: “The safety of all road users is of paramount importance to us.

“We’re always happy to discuss road safety issues with residents and, in addition to contacting us by letter or over the telephone, our staff are available at the regular neighbourhood forum meetings to talk to local people face-to-face.

“Unfortunately we can’t implement traffic calming schemes at every site reported to us due to financial pressures so we have to prioritise where we put these measures to make sure that the most dangerous sites are dealt with first.

“There is strict criteria to determine where road safety improvements are introduced and I’m sure local people would agree that roads where serious accidents occur have to take priority.”

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