28/07/15

Fixed penalties handed out to drivers ignoring road closures on White Lund Industrial Estate

Drivers who have ignored ROAD CLOSED and NO ENTRY signs have been issued with fixed penalties by Lancashire Police for their careless mistakes.

The Fixed Penalty Notices were used as punishments for drivers who contravened NO ENTRY signs in place around the Heysham to M6 Link Road works on Northgate/A683 junction.

A section of Northgate is closed in one direction from Eastgate (Tops Tiles) to Newgate (Bookers), with one lane open to traffic flowing in the direction of ASDA. This allows space for the full-depth reconstruction required on the Northgate/A683 junction as part of the new link road to the M6.

Motorists were stopped on Newgate having come through Northgate which runs through the White Lund Industrial Estate from Ovangle Road to Whitegate in the wrong direction. The drivers were handed on-the-spot fines.

Costain Construction Manager, Richard Helme said. “Our experience across the project is that most drivers adhere to traffic management signage and instructions in place. Having monitored the situation at the Northgate works, the police felt there was an increased risk of an accident due to motorists’ failure to comply with traffic management arrangements.

We understand closures have an impact on journey times as we experience it ourselves across the project, we ask commuters to give themselves extra time and plan their journeys ahead. The traffic management is essential for us to safely complete the works required at each junction, as we tie in to the existing network”.

Lancashire Police handed out 23 notices for offences during the course of Monday 27 July, and will be returning to the area to ensure traffic signs and instructions are being adhered to.

The construction works on the Northgate junction with the A683 are expected to be complete and fully open to traffic again by the end of 2015.