Police threaten fines over dangerous turn in Whaley Bridge

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DRIVERS using an access only road in Whaley Bridge face a police fine following concerns from local residents.

People living along Old Road have told officers they are worried about safety being put at risk by drivers speeding along Old Road and using it to avoid the Buxton Road and Horwich End traffic lights.

The Whaley Bridge and Furness Vale Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team (SNT) have been targeting the issue alongside the roads policing unit, carrying out spot checks in the area.

Residents have also set up their own action group and will be carrying out traffic surveys in the area, along with handing out posters and flyers at local shops and schools to raise awareness of the issue.

PCSO Tracy Jones of the Whaley Bridge and Furness Vale SNT said: “We have carried out a number of patrols and spot checks since the issue was first raised towards the end of last year, but drivers still seem to ignore the restrictions.

“We will be working with local residents and stepping up our checks further in the area, and officers will be issuing an on the spot £30 fine.”

She added: “There are signs indicating that it is access only, and this means that only residents and visitors who need access can use the road. Old Road is quite narrow and increased volume of traffic, especially those hurrying along to try and beat the traffic lights, can pose a risk to the safety of other road users.”

Officers and residents are also working with Derbyshire County Council to consider potential longer term solutions to improve the issue.

To contact the Whaley Bridge and Furness Vale SNT call the non-emergency number 101 or email chapel.neighbourhoods@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk.