New safety measures for busy Blackpool road

Traffic safety measures costing more than £20,000 are to be installed on a busy Blackpool road after residents organised a petition calling for action.

Friday, 2nd April 2021, 6:51 pm
Updated Friday, 2nd April 2021, 6:56 pm

The scheme will see a pedestrian refuge island built on Clifton Drive near the junction with Harrowside after people complained the road was dangerous to cross particularly at peak times.

The council’s traffic management services has agreed the proposal which will cost £23,880 in total, with £19,000 coming from the Squires Gate ward budget.

Squires Gate councillors Gerard Walsh and Christian Cox were presented with a petition in 2019 from residents and members of the Friends of Solaris Park, which is on that part of Clifton Drive.

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Coun Walsh (left) and Coun Cox at the site of the proposed pedestrian refuge on Clifton Drive

Coun Walsh said: “The scheme is designed to make it easier and safer for pedestrians to cross Clifton Drive at its junction with Harrowside.

“For many pedestrians, such as the elderly and disabled, Clifton Drive is often thought of as a busy road with fast moving traffic and we believe this scheme will give everyone who uses it the ability to cross with confidence.”

Coun Cox added: “For many pedestrians the scheme will also remove a barrier when accessing local amenities such as the sea wall, Solaris Centre, recycling facilities, post box, Harrowside shops etc.

“We are excited to announce that the scheme has finally been agreed and signed off by Blackpool Council and we now look forward to its implementation and construction.”

Work to install the pedestrian refuge is due to take place in the coming months.

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