Prom loses its crossing

The zebra crossing on Blackpool's Promenade, which is being removed because of its effect on traffic flow.

The zebra crossing on Blackpool's Promenade, which is being removed because of its effect on traffic flow.

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WORK has now been carried out to remove a controversial zebra crossing.

Engineers have removed the crossing on the Promenade just north of the junction with New Bonny Street in Blackpool following complaints it was causing congestion.

The zebra on Blackpool Promenade which has been removed.

The zebra on Blackpool Promenade which has been removed.

It follows on from work to restore New Bonny Street to two lanes along its full length.

Transport chiefs hope both measures will get traffic moving freely again.

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for highways on Blackpool Council, said: “We are hoping the measures we have taken on the Promenade, and on New Bonny Street, will help the flow of traffic.

“It is too early to see yet what difference it has made but we will be monitoring it to see how it works.” Drivers have complained about congestion ever since the Promenade was reduced from four lanes to two to create a new £2.5m shared space carriageway for motorists and pedestrians, which opened in June 2011.

The Blackpool Licensed Taxi Association (BLOTA) put pressure on the council to remove the crossing, which it claimed sparked queues because it was so close to the traffic lights at the junction. BLOTA spokesman Bill Lewtas said: “This zebra crossing was responsible for much of the 2012 traffic congestion on the Promenade. So it is good to see it has been taken away.”

As part of the changes, a controlled pedestrian crossing will be incorporated into the lights at the junction.

Another zebra crossing is being installed opposite the Tower, meaning there will still be three crossings between New Bonny Street and North Pier.

Meanwhile, further changes to the Promenade could be in the pipeline with further work next winter.

Plans are being drawn up after council leader Coun Simon Blackburn said action had to be taken.

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