It took them an ‘L’ of a time

A road sign on Church Street now reads "L'cal" after being corrected from "Ocal"
A road sign on Church Street now reads "L'cal" after being corrected from "Ocal"
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A misspelled road marking which was left untreated for months has finally been changed, albeit with an unusual abbreviation.

The markings on Church Street, Blackpool, which read “Ocal Traffic”, was first flagged up by The Gazette in October last year.

A sign on church Street, Blackpool, directs "ocal" traffic

A sign on church Street, Blackpool, directs "ocal" traffic

Now, one year on, Blackpool Council highways workers have finally changed the sign so it makes more sense.

Those replacing the markings declined to paint over the road’s double yellow lines, leaving themselves without enough room to write the word “Local” on the surface.

As such, it now reads “L’cal traffic”, much to the bemusement of Neil Raine, who first brought the error to our attention.

Mr Raine, who runs CB Computers, on Waterloo Road, South Shore, said: “We already know Blackpool Council can’t do things correctly.

“They did take their time but they got there eventually, even if it’s not the full word.

“They could have fitted it all in but the double yellow lines were there. Other councils manage to write markings like that over the double yellow lines, but Blackpool Council has never managed to comprehend that.”

At the time Mr Raine has suggested the “Ocal” sign could affect the town’s reputation, and could be seen as misleading to foreign drivers.

Also in October 2013, South Shore traders were left confused after a new signpost erected on Lytham Road by Blackpool Council, which was meant to direct people towards the Promenade, instead pointed away from the sea.

This was later rectified.

A Blackpool Council spokesman said: “We have been well aware of this issue for a number of months and have been waiting for the right time for the work to be carried out, which it now has been.”