Tram crash safety probe call

Police at the scene of the crash at Rossall and (below) the damage to the new tram and car.

Police at the scene of the crash at Rossall and (below) the damage to the new tram and car.

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CALLS were today made for a road safety probe after a crash between a car and a Blackpool supertram.

Police were called after a Volkswagen Polo was in collision with a tram at the junction of South Strand, Fleetwood, close to Rossall Square.

The damage to the new tram.

The damage to the new tram.

The junction is controlled by traffic lights but the car and the tram collided at 1pm yesterday.

The woman motorist was unhurt but was said to be badly shaken. The front offside corner of the car was badly dented.

Brian Grundy, who lives on South Strand, said: “It was a heck of a bang.”

Another bystander, who declined to be named, said: “People are just going down here too fast.

Tram and car collision at South Strand, Fleetwood.

Tram and car collision at South Strand, Fleetwood.

“After two and a half years of no trams people have got used to going straight across.

“Now the trams are back but people are still speeding over.”

The husband of the driver, who asked not to be named, said: “This was an accident waiting to happen. An accident here was inevitable and there will be more.”

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Brian Lindop, Blackpool Transport customer services manager, said: “The tram was on a training exercise so there were no passengers and the driver was under supervision.

“As they crossed the junction the lights were on green for the tram.

“The junction is safer than it has ever been. There was only a stop sign at the junction previously.”

Town councillor Steve Clarke has been monitoring the tram service for the council.

He said: “This is the first accident, but I don’t think it will be the last

“The trouble with that junction is it is surrounded by houses so you can’t see anything until you are on the track.”

Coun Alan Marsh, said: “As with all junctions it requires 100 per cent vigilance.

“We have a super light railway system but you can’t hear the trams like you could the old trams.

“People have to be careful.

“If we start putting barriers everywhere there will be no end to it.”

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