Garage staff plead for safe passage

James Cunliffe, whose family owns the Texaco garage on Garstang Road West in Blackpool, has launched a petition with local residents for a pedestrian crossing to be installed before a serious accident occurs.'James and local resident Deidre Whelan with the petition by the busy road.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'15-10-2013

James Cunliffe, whose family owns the Texaco garage on Garstang Road West in Blackpool, has launched a petition with local residents for a pedestrian crossing to be installed before a serious accident occurs.'James and local resident Deidre Whelan with the petition by the busy road. PIC BY ROB LOCK'15-10-2013

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Worried staff at a petrol station have taken the safety of their customers into their own hands – and set up a petition in the hope of getting a zebra crossing installed.

Cunliffes Londis Garage, on Poulton Road, Blackpool, is gathering signatures, with the help of a concerned customer, to get a crossing put in place on a road they have labelled “an accident waiting to happen”.

James Cunliffe, a manager at the station, said: “I see a lot of people dodging traffic before they come in here.

“The speed cars go past is horrendous so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to get a petition we can take to Blackpool Council.

“Something needs to change because it’s an accident waiting to happen.”

Pedestrians can cross at traffic lights before Poulton Road roundabout or at the traffic lights on Blackpool Old Road, but those putting the petition together argue they are too far away from the garage.

Mr Cunliffe also fears the shop will ultimately lose out as people refuse to cross the busy road to reach the garage.

He added: “A zebra crossing is 100 per cent needed because people refuse to come over to the shop and are scared to death of crossing the road.

“There are crossings further up but it’s too far for them to walk.

“It’s a matter of time before someone gets injured.”

Deidre Whelan, from Grange Park, put the petition together with Mr Cunliffe.

She said: “It is a death trap with an endless flow of fast, and often speeding traffic.

“It can take people an incredibly long time to cross without putting their lives in danger, and this is made all the more concerning by the school children who are seen having to race across the road, narrowly avoiding mutilation or death, on a daily basis.

“It’s not just children who cross the road, but often old people, who are not able to move fast or have hearing or seeing difficulties.

“They would greatly benefit from a crossing.”

Coun Gillian Campbell, (pictured) Park ward councillor for Blackpool Council, said the authority would look into the concerns raised about crossing the road.

She added: “Both the council and ward councillors spoke to Mrs Whelan about her petition yesterday.

“This is the first we had heard of her concerns and the only instance where we have received a complaint about the area.

“We will certainly look into the query for a solution.”