Road death leads to new signs plea

Blackpool Road near St. Michael's on Wyre

Blackpool Road near St. Michael's on Wyre

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A CAMPAIGNER has called for more speed deterrents to be installed at an accident blackspot.

Pamela Charnley-Nickols, 57, from Blackpool Road, has been campaigning for more 30mph signs to be placed along a stretch of the A586 Blackpool Road, St Michael’s, for five years.

Wendy Hartley, 63, from Cabus, who died when the Citroen car she was a passenger in was in collision with a Suzuki 4x4 on Blackpool Road, St Michael's, on Saturday, February 4.

Wendy Hartley, 63, from Cabus, who died when the Citroen car she was a passenger in was in collision with a Suzuki 4x4 on Blackpool Road, St Michael's, on Saturday, February 4.

Her latest call comes after Wendy Hartley, 63, from Cabus, near Garstang, died on Saturday after the Citroen car in which she was travelling was in a collision with a Suzuki 4x4 on the road.

Although speed is not thought to be a factor in the death of Mrs Hartley, firefighters said the car was believed to have lost control due to mud on the road.

The A586 has a history of fatal crashes and has claimed the lives of six people since 2000.

And Mrs Charnley-Nickols told The Gazette: “It’s tragic the difficulties we have with this road. There’s a tendency for vehicles to speed, especially motorcycles at the weekend.

“We’re very concerned about the speed along here. My mother had a friend who was trying to cross the road, and when she set off it was clear, but by the time she reached the middle she was almost hit.”

A 26-year-old man died in July 2000 and two others were seriously injured in the crash.

Then a 40-year-old motorcyclist died in May 2002 when he was in a collision with a lorry.

Two other drivers – a 58-year-old man and 37-year-old woman – died within ten days of each other after crashes on January 17 and January 27 2004 respectively.

The final driver to die on the road before Saturday’s collision was a 65-year-old woman in January 2005.

Mrs Charnley-Nickols has contacted Lancashire County Council about the possibility of moving road signs further back on Blackpool Road to make residents aware it’s a 30mph zone.

She added: “Until the signs move there will continue to be a number of accidents. The police have told me they are in favour because there’s a lot of speeding here.”

Another Blackpool Road resident, who did not wish to be named, compared the A586 to the Isle of Man TT race due to the amount of speeding vehicles.

He said: “This is a dangerous road and something needs to be done.

“There needs to be traffic calming measures put in place.”

Sim Lane-Dixon, council public realm manager, says the local authority ensure mud is cleared from roads as soon as possible.

He said: “The county council were made aware of the mud by the police and arrangements were made for the road to be swept We encourage those responsible for depositing mud to clear it, or the county council can clear the highway itself.

“In addition, the county council may also use ‘slow’ signs if the mud or obstruction is particularly hazardous.”