RESIDENTS are being urged to sign a petition in a bid to force councillors to put transport at the top of the town’s agenda.
Around 400 people have so far signed the e-petition put on Blackpool Council’s website by Blackpool North and Cleveleys Tory MP Paul Maynard.
But 1,500 signatures must be collected before Mr Maynard can force a debate.
He says congestion on the roads is creating a barrier to the town’s growth.
Mr Maynard said: “I have had many people speak to me about their frustration getting around Blackpool and the wider Fylde coast.
“I am equally frustrated as I have heard stories about people not being able to get to job interviews as it takes more than an hour to get from north of Gynn Square to South Shore.
“I feel Blackpool Council needs to address this issue and seriously look at the consequences of its road policy.
“Private investment and jobs growth is clearly not occurring in Blackpool as it might be, and many residents are concerned at what they perceive to be an anti-car atmosphere.”
The petition asks the council to focus on improving north/south traffic flow, especially along the Promenade, and a review of how the next Transport Strategy will be formulated.
Philip Higgs, boss of Classic Bus North West, which operates services in Blackpool, said: “Blackpool’s road network is grinding to a halt thanks to ill-considered lane closures, cycle lanes, zebra crossings and 20mph zones.”
But Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for highways, said there was no need for a petition.
He said: “This is just a bit of political propaganda.
“All Mr Maynard needs do is contact either the council leader or myself and he would get an opportunity to come and talk so us.
“And the change of design he talks about took place under the last Conservative administration.”