Identical road signs driving motorists round bend

Road signs on Vicarage Lane, Blackpool, which have remained like this for six weeks while the council waits for an engineer to come out and fix the new one to the electricity supply.
Road signs on Vicarage Lane, Blackpool, which have remained like this for six weeks while the council waits for an engineer to come out and fix the new one to the electricity supply.
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MOTORISTS are being driven round the bend by a pair of identical road signs.

The red and white roundabout signs on Vicarage Lane, Marton, have been described as “ridiculous” and “crazy” by drivers who have been seeing double for six weeks.

But the signs, which stand inches apart, one behind the other, will remain in place for the foreseeable future while electrical contractors from Blackpool Council get through a backlog.

John Graham, from Cherry Tree Road, contacted The Gazette after spotting the signs opposite Tangerine Confectionery and questioned the need for both of them to be there at once.

He said: “I was driving along when I first noticed them and thought it was mad.

“One sign is only 12 to 15 inches behind the other and we have too many street signs and road clutter anyway.

The old sign, which is shorter and has been targeted with graffiti, is still being used at night as electricians have not been to fix the new sign up to a power supply.

Mandy Hall works for Welcome Pet Shop on Vicarage Lane and says the signs are on a long list of traffic problems on the street.

She said: “We have had traffic problems outside the shop for months and it’s causing chaos.

“Since December they have started digging the road up it has been a nightmare and this is adding to it.”

Mr Graham added: “Whatever the answer after all this time it’s crazy and a bit humorous.

“I’m sure we would probably be told it is more electrically efficient than the one already there, though you have to wonder how many years it will take to recover the cost of and the erection of the new sign.”

A spokesman for Blackpool Council said: “It can take up to six weeks for a sign to be removed.

“Different companies put the signs in place to the ones which take it away and then fix the new one up to the electricity. When a new sign is put in a notice is put in the system and it gets done when they can get round to it.”