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Flowers at the scene of a fatal RTA on Burned House Lane in Preesall
Flowers at the scene of a fatal RTA on Burned House Lane in Preesall
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AN Over Wyre road which has seen nine fatalities in the last two decades is to be the subject of a television documentary.

Residents have been campaigning for a reduction in the speed limit on the A588, which runs from Blackpool to Lancaster through Stalmine and Hambleton, for several years.

In 2005, a 1,000 signature petition calling for a lower speed limit was handed to County Hall and a fatal crash in 2007 intensified the residents’ fight.

Jeffrey Harrison, 17, of Lime Grove, Garstang, was killed on the rural road at Burned House Lane, Preesall – his was the ninth life to be claimed on the road.

Since 2007 the section of road through Stalmine has been reduced to 30mph but locals want to see the speed limit lowered along the entire A588.

Now the accident hot spot will be featured on a new BBC programme, ‘Britain’s Killer Roads’, scheduled to be broadcast this Autumn.

Former Stalmine with Staynall parish councillor, June Jackson (right), has devoted years campaigning for a reduction in the speed limit.

She said: “I hope the fact the road is being featured will bring this back to the attention of Lancashire County Council because there are still a couple of things we would like to see.

“Four years ago Stalmine Parish council approved plans for a pedestrian crossing opposite the Seven Stars Hotel on Hallgate Lane.

“But this has never been built and is not in the pipeline.

“We would also like to see the speed limit on the entire A588 reduced to 40mph because it is a rural road with many turns and junctions crossing it.”

The BBC One daytime series will look at how simple changes like better road markings or installing crash barriers can save hundreds of lives.

It is one of a raft of new programmes tackling consumer issues across the UK throughout the year.