Crossing call for busy road

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ELDERLY residents have described a busy junction where a car collided with a pensioner as an “accident waiting to happen”.

Neighbours at Ashton View in St Annes have now demanded a pedestrian crossing be installed on St Andrew’s Road North, close to the busy Sainsbury’s store.

The collision happened when 78-year-old Peter Major was crossing the road on December 28 and he suffered a fractured hip and shoulder.

His wife Anne, 75, said: “If something isn’t done, it’s only a matter of time before someone is killed.

“My husband has been lucky to get away with his life.”

Traffic is a big cause for concern according to neighbour Eric Horsfield.

He said: “A crossing is needed. This is a very busy road with delivery vans, police cars, fire engines and other traffic. Taxis turn around here too, it’s dangerous.”

Resident Brenda Singleton added: “People are so afraid to cross the road, some are now using Tesco in the town centre instead. Sainsbury’s should part fund the crossing.”

A Lancashire County Council spokesman confirmed the need for a crossing had been discussed by safety groups in July but could not confirm funding would be available.

Public realm manager Andy Ashcroft said: “The group agreed a crossing would be desirable. Because the number of requests for new safety measures far exceeds our available resources, they are considered in order of priority.”

A Sainsbury’s spokesman added: “Our stores always aim to be a good neighbour so we are happy to highlight this incident to the council so they can review the requirement for a crossing.”