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Traffic measures plea for Hapton danger bridge

A petition started by Albert Marsh and campaigners over the canal bridge in Hapton is handed to Lancashire County Councillors.  Pictured are John Fillis, the cabinet member for highways and transport, county councillor Marcus Johnstone coun Joanne Greenwood, coun Jean Cunningham and Albert Marsh.

A petition started by Albert Marsh and campaigners over the canal bridge in Hapton is handed to Lancashire County Councillors. Pictured are John Fillis, the cabinet member for highways and transport, county councillor Marcus Johnstone coun Joanne Greenwood, coun Jean Cunningham and Albert Marsh.

The grandad of a Burnley teenager who died when the car she was travelling in smashed into a bridge in Hapton has handed a petition to County Hall chiefs calling for tougher safety measures at the site.

Mr Albert Marsh, grandad of Estelle Thompson (17), met with County Coun. Marcus Johnstone and Mr John Fillis, Lancashire County Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport, to hand over the document containing hundreds of signatures.

Estelle died in July after the car she was travelling in spun out of control and collided with a wall in Manchester Road.

Since then both Estelle’s family and residents living near the scene of the accident have campaigned for traffic calming measures to be installed to help prevent further tragedies.

Coun. Fillis said: “This was a tragic accident and we will be looking at how we can prevent similar incidents in the future.

“Estelle was a popular student at Unity College and we are working closely with them to offer education programmes to highlight the risks to young drivers and their passengers.

“We will also be considering whether any physical changes can be made to improve safety on the canal bridge on Manchester Road.

“We’re already using speed indicator devises on this part of the road to encourage motorists to drive more carefully as they approach the bridge.”

 

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