NEARLY 400 protesters have failed to get traffic calming measures on a main road.
They had all signed a petition demanding that Liverpool Road in Neston is made safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
This was handed, via borough MP Andrew Miller, to Ellesmere Port & Neston's highways and transportation local joint committee.
With 392 names to it, the petition stated: 'Due to the amount of road traffic accidents between Liverpool Road railway bridge and Fiveways House, we are calling for traffic calming measures before another fatality occurs.'
The majority of the road has a 40mph speed limit.
The call for a lower limit and traffic calming was first raised a few years ago after a fatality involving a young person.
The committee said: 'At that time, the road conditions were assessed as not being appropriate for a reduction in speed, so a road marking scheme was designed.
'This highlights the school crossing patrol site and visually reduces the road width to encourage lower speeds, and was carried out in 1999.'
The committee heard 10 injury accidents happened on that stretch between 1996-98.
Yet between May 1, 2001, and April 30, 2004, there were only seven. Of these, one was a serious injury collision, and the others resulted in slight injury.
The 'serious' incident involved one car in which the driver was using 'excessive speed'.
Of the 'slight injury' incidents, three happened at road junctions, one was due to a motorist 'driving too close', one due to the driver's 'excessive speed' and one was a single-car accident.
The report concluded: 'While this may seem a high rate of incidents, the reduction from 10 to seven incidents indicates that the road marking scheme has probably helped improve the safety record of the road.
'Given the above-mentioned improvements and current accident levels, it is unlikely that any further measures could be justified at present.'
It did note that Cheshire police will give the road additional attention with regard to speeding vehicles.
Also, a set of traffic signals are currently being installed within the nearby 30mph limit, at the new large housing development near the railway bridge.
The committee said: 'These should also help bring traffic speeds down. They also incorporate crossing facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.
'In order to find out if they will make a difference, a traffic survey will be carried out once the installation is completed, and vehicle speeds compared with the results of previous surveys.
'This will allow a review of the conditions of the road to be carried out.'