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Crossing at the junction of Kelso Avenue and Lauderdale Avenue, Anchorsholme
Crossing at the junction of Kelso Avenue and Lauderdale Avenue, Anchorsholme
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AN investigation has been launched after a woman was hit by a tram at a controversial crossing.

The woman, who is in her early 20s, was crossing the tracks at Lauderdale Avenue in Anchorsholme when she was struck by the tram.

The crash is now being investigated by the Rail Accident Investigation Bureau.

The woman was put on a spinal board in a neck brace and was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital for treatment to leg injuries.

Coun Tony Williams, the ward councillor who campaigned for the access point to remain open when it was closed to vehicles as part of the multi-million pound supertram revamp, today called for pedestrian crossing lights to be installed to prevent future accidents.

He said: “I hope this lady has not been badly injured.

“I am furious our warnings on safety have gone ignored by the council and I will be calling for a full investigation.

“The people of Anchorsholme wanted the crossing kept open, with traffic lights.

“When we lost the battle for a vehicular crossing we asked if the pedestrian crossing could have lights for safety reasons – but the council also turned that request down.”

Police, ambulance and a team of investigators from Blackpool Transport were sent to the scene outside the Briardene Hotel at around 12.40pm yesterday.

The crossing has been the focus of a huge campaign in recent years after being closed to traffic as part of the tramway revamp.