Hapton death smash road: safety calls

The scene of a fatal road incident, Manchester Road, Hapton, where Estelle Thompson, 17, lost her life.
The scene of a fatal road incident, Manchester Road, Hapton, where Estelle Thompson, 17, lost her life.
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Calls to make safe the notorious bridge near to where teenager Estelle Thompson was killed are growing stronger.

Hapton residents have been demanding safety measures on that stretch of Manchester Road for years and Padiham County Coun. Marcus Johnstone has ensured campaigners that action will be taken following the tragic accident on July 20th.

Estelle, who was celebrating her 17th birthday on the day, died when the car she was travelling in hit a dry stone wall near to the canal bridge.

County Coun. Johnstone said the council was now fully aware of this accident blackspot and a number of measures were being considered to make the road safer.

“This was a terrible and tragic accident and our hearts go out to the family at what must be a truly awful time for them. We are going to try everything to ensure this does not happen to somebody else’s son or daughter.

“I’ve been liaising with John Fillis, Cabinet member for highways and transport, and a speed tasking group within Lancashire County Council is looking at the road. This is an extremely serious issue and it is certainly not something that will be kicked into the long grass.”

County Coun. Johnstone said measures being looked at included the use of speed indication devices, a speed awareness campaign to be conducted alongside the police and setting up a community road watch scheme.

“These are things being looked at but all options are open. There were temporary traffic lights up there while work was being carried out on the bridge but these did draw a lot of complaints. It is something that can be looked at that though if other measures were not to work.”

An online petition has also been set up for anybody who wants to support the call for traffic calming measures at the site, specifically a speed camera before or after the bridge.

Anybody wishing to sign the petition can do so by logging onto http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/67849.