ACTION is being called for to crack down on a speeding hotspot which has been blighted by crashes over the years.

There have been a number of collisions on connecting roads St John's Road and Chew Moor Lane in Chew Moor, which led to a petition being drawn up in 2018 to ask for more measures to be put in place to tackle dangerous drivers.

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Cllr Bernadette Eckersley-Fallon has campaigned on the issue for years

Around 130 people signed the petition set up by Westhoughton North and Chew Moor councillor Bernadette Eckersley-Fallon, who lives in the area and has visited residents affected by the aftermath of a dangerous crash.

Cllr Eckersley-Fallon said: "People are travelling over 70mph on the road.

"I've been in the area when there's been two cars racing side by side on an afternoon at 2pm.

"During the lockdown there has not been much traffic and drivers have been flooring it, driving exceptionally fast down Chew Moor Lane."

The councillor is urging Bolton Council's highways department to review the safety of the road before someone gets seriously injured or worse.

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Cllr Eckersley-Fallon

The introduction of speed bumps, chicanes and speed cameras have been discussed in the past as options to reduce the amount of crashes that happen there.

But the council believes dangerous drivers will continue to flout the law regardless of what measures are rolled out to try and stop them from slowing down.

Executive cabinet member for highways and transport at the local authority, Cllr Stuart Haslam, said: “Road safety is a top priority for the council.

"The majority of St John’s Road and in particular the stretch through the middle of Chew Moor, is already a 20mph zone with traffic calming measures in place.

“The police have informed us that there have been no recorded accidents on this stretch of road in the last five years.

“We would urge motorists to drive responsibly – unfortunately no amount of traffic calming measures will stop some people from driving dangerously.

“We will continue to monitor and review accidents reported by the police and take action accordingly.”

The council added that it is believed that damage only incidents are not recorded by police.