Fresh twist in road saga

Division Lane, between St Annes and Blackpool
Division Lane, between St Annes and Blackpool
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Work to improve a key link road is still to be completed after residents and road chiefs could not agree on safety measures.

Division Lane, between St Annes and Blackpool, was resurfaced earlier this month by Lancashire County Council, but planned work to include ‘pinch point’ safety measures did not take place.

Carol Gilligan, of Division Lane, said homeowners did not agree with the plans, or other suggestions including speed bumps and ripple effect speed humps.

She added: “Talks are still going on. Residents do not want the pinch point scheme because people’s horse trailers could struggle to get down easily.

“Residents have said they do not want ripple measures or bumps. We want to keep it as it is – a proper semi-rural road.

“The only thing we have asked is it is made a 20mph zone.”

Last month residents launched a petition with local government to repair nearby Wild Lane or build a new moss link road from St Annes to Blackpool to lower the number of speeding drivers near their properties.

The northernmost section of Wild Lane was closed in August last year due to the state of the road, with a repair bill set at £350,000.

Commuters could drive on Division Lane, on to Midgeland Road, before completing the diversion on School Road.

But Blackpool Council shut off Midgeland Road at its junction with crumbling Division Lane in October after complaints by residents about the volume of traffic.

The latest basic resurfacing work allows residents to drive onto North Houses Lane, across Division Lane and onto Queensway.

County Coun John Fillis, Lancashire County Council’s road chief, said a new link road would be the ultimate answer to problems on the roads but no date has been set for the work to begin, despite £2m being promised by the Government. The road could cost around £20m, leaving County Hall to find a large pot of cash.

He said: “The work has gone ahead but we still want to put safety measures in.

“We are still in discussions. But we are still looking to complete the work.

“We are talking to the borough and others, including developers, about bringing forward the link road.

“We see this as the key to it all. We expect to start discussions in the next few weeks.”