Safety Renovation Of Preston’s Infamous Adelphi Junction Roundabout
Though most of us consider our knowledge of road safety to be adequate, it is rarely at the forefront of our minds, despite remaining one of the chief causes of serious injury nationwide. Tens of thousands are injured on UK highways every year as a result of car or motorcycle accidents, many of which could have been prevented.
What are local councils doing?
The need for local authorities to take responsibility for bringing car accident ‘hotspots’ under control remains pressing. As a firm of Preston solicitors with a great deal of clients who have been involved in road accidents, PCH Law is glad to report the Lancashire County Council’s new plans for a safety renovation of Preston’s infamous Adelphi junction, the site of eight accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians in the last five years.
With the help of an £80,000 grant from the Department for Transport’s Cycle Safety Fund, plans include a new crossing, and new shared off-road cycle and walkways to keep non-drivers separate from traffic – and hopefully, to reduce the number of accidents overall.
Steeped in history but by no means antiquated, Preston is now a lively metropolis, its diverse attractions drawing in tourists from all over the UK. This is alongside the droves of students that flock every year to the University of Lancashire, to which the city is home and which has recently become the sixth largest university in the country. While this is of course no bad thing, it does mean that the risk of road accidents tends to be higher. The junction in question is in fact used by thousands of students every day crossing the UCLan city centre campus.
County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “There’s a great potential to get more people cycling in Preston, particularly students and staff at the university, but to do this we need to provide an environment where people who don’t cycle at the moment feel safe to make it part of their daily routine.”
Careless driving can cause untold damage, often in the work of a moment. If you have been involved in a road accident of any kind in the last three years that you believe was not your fault, you could be entitled to compensation.
What should I do?
At PCH Law, we have over 30 years’ experience in handling car accident claims. Our dedicated team of personal injury solicitors is on hand, offering legal representation on a no win no fee basis to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. We understand the physical and mental effects a road accident can cause, regardless of severity. All claims are handled with the highest degree of sensitivity and professionalism.
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