Teenager injured on ‘danger’ road

Congestion at Saltcotes Road, Lytham caused by parked buses
Congestion at Saltcotes Road, Lytham caused by parked buses
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A TEENAGER has been hit by a car on a Fylde coast road branded ‘dangerous’ by residents.

They want transport leaders to reverse a decision to convert two bus stops into a terminus on Saltcotes Road, Lytham.

In March, shopkeepers and councillors warned Blackpool Transport and Lancashire County Council that the number of buses and cars blocking the road would lead to an accident.

And on Saturday, a 17-year-old girl was hit by a Ford Mondeo as she tried to cross the road after getting off a bus.

Transport bosses have now promised to amend the timetable to spread out the volume of buses waiting on Saltcotes Road.

But local businessman Kieran Crossley, of Premier Foods, says that is not enough.

He said: “The point is the authorities have decided to change the bus stops into a terminus without consultation.

“The change has caused a bottleneck which makes it extremely dangerous to cross the road.

“I have never witnessed an accident on Saltcotes Road in the time I have been here but since these changes were made I have seen a number of near misses and now this.

“Changing the schedule won’t change anything unless the authorities are willing to change the terminus back to bus stops. There is no room for error, if a pedestrian steps out at the wrong time what can be done then?”

Councillor Kathleen Harper, of St John’s Ward, which covers the affected area, said urgent action was needed.

She said: “In my opinion there are too many buses servicing Saltcotes Road. It is a busy shopping area and there is an obvious congestion build-up.

“I hope amending the timetable will go some way to remedy this, but reducing the number of services and changing the terminus back to single stops would also make things better.”

Ashley Weir, principal transport officer for Lancashire County Council, said: “We’re aware of congestion on Saltcotes Road as a result of buses waiting on both sides of the road and have been working with Blackpool Transport to improve the situation.

“Blackpool Transport will be using a new timetable from July 15 which will help to minimise waiting times by introducing a more even pattern of arrivals and departures.

“We will continue to work with Blackpool Transport to monitor the situation.”

Police confirmed a 17-year-old girl had been taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital with minor injuries following the incident at around 5.45pm on Saturday.