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Safety fears on new-look road

Barbara Pagett is complaining about the new road layout at the junction of Talbot Road and Dickson Road. She is pictured with husband Frank and Jim and Janet Bithell with guide dog Quince.

Barbara Pagett is complaining about the new road layout at the junction of Talbot Road and Dickson Road. She is pictured with husband Frank and Jim and Janet Bithell with guide dog Quince.

A pensioner is calling for urgent road safety improvements for pedestrians on a new look road in Blackpool.

Barbara Pagett, 74, has written to every Blackpool councillor, pleading for something to be done to improve pedestrian facilities on Talbot Road road at its junctions with Dickson Road and Topping Street.

But she says she has been left so far disappointed with the lack of response.

And she says her fears of an accident were realised at Christmas when she witnessed the aftermath of a man being knocked over on the road.

She said: “I always said it was an accident waiting to happen, and now it has.

“I’m rather upset that no-one has thought to do anything about it.

“I think for disabled people this road is an utter disgrace.”

On December 23 a man in his 60s was hit by a lorry on Talbot Road. He was not seriously injured.

The junctions used to have traffic light-controlled crossings until the first phase of the Talbot Gateway development was completed last summer, which included removing the lights at the junctions and making the road a two-way highway.

Mrs Pagett, who lives in Fairhaven and travels to Blackpool every week, says more needs to be done.

She said the road was better when it had traffic lights to allow pedestrians to cross,

She added: “Traffic is moving in all directions now and there isn’t a single proper crossing.” Coun John Jones, Blackpool Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Before work began on the Talbot Gateway Central Business District we were keen to make sure it was accessible to everyone and consulted with the Low Vision committee to help adapt it for people who have a disability. However, I appreciate the crossings have changed and this can be disconcerting to some at first.

“We are constantly reviewing how these crossings work and are discussing how we could improve it further for people who have low vision.”

He added: “However, I am keen to point out that these types of crossing have a good safety record in other areas of the town and across the UK.”

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