Fears of accident on major Fylde road

Ian Corcoran from Ludlow Financial Advisers on Blackpool Road has warned that exiting the car park at Melton Grove Works is an accident waiting to happen due to the speed of other drivers.
Ian Corcoran from Ludlow Financial Advisers on Blackpool Road has warned that exiting the car park at Melton Grove Works is an accident waiting to happen due to the speed of other drivers.
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Drivers are being urged to slow down amid fears of ‘an accident waiting to happen’ on a key Fylde road.

Financial consultant Ian Corcoran says he and colleagues have experienced several near-misses exiting the car park at the Melton Grove Works site on the Ansdell-Lytham boundary.

That makes it almost impossible to turn right safely and myself and many colleagues have had many near misses

He fears a serious accident could happen at the junction with the car park entrance close to Skew Bridge- and has issued a plea to motorists to stick to the 30mph limit on the busy road.

“The entrance to our car park is half way up the bridge on the Lytham side and as such we are pulling out with traffic appearing quickly from our right,” said Ian. “If vehicles are travelling at the posted 30mph it is already quite tricky to judge it and pull out.

“But people seem to feel that they should increase speed over the sweeping bridge and many are travelling well over the speed limit with some probably touching 50mph.

“That makes it almost impossible to turn right safely and myself and many colleagues have had many near misses.

“The latest incident involved a motor bike which I am sure must have been touching 60mph. I managed to hear the bike coming, and if I hadn’t I’m certain you’d have been reading about a fatality.

“I’m not a killjoy but I would really prefer not to become a statistic.”

Ian, 36, travels to work from St Annes and regularly drives to other destinations during each working day.

“It’s a case of having to be very careful every time I use the car park,” he said.

”That’s especially the case exiting to turn right, which I do to head home to St Annes.

“Several colleagues on the site have also experienced near misses but what I am most worried about is the many visitors we have who aren’t that familiar with the car park and can be caught out by a speeding vehicle.

“I would really ask that motorists please take care over this bridge because unless they slow down and stick to the limit, I’m concerned this is an accident waiting to happen.”

Ansdell councillor Ben Aitken said he echoed Ian’s plea for drivers to slow down and wondered if signs urging drivers to stick to the limit and warning of the entrance might be the only solution.

“That entrance is in a tricky position and there is clearly a particular problem turning right out of the car park,” he said.

“If it was me I would be inclined to turn left and go round the block but that shouldn’t have to be the case.

“The speed limits are there for a reason and it is important that drivers stick to them.

“In this case, considering the layout of the bridge and where the entrance is, some form of sign might be the only solution.

“That would be for Lancashire County Council as the highways authority to look at but I would certainly support the idea if it helps improve safety.”