Top cop calls for speed cut

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FYLDE’S top traffic cop has backed calls for a speed limit reduction at a notorious accident blackspot.

A number of serious crashes have occurred on Mythop Road, which runs between Mereside and Staining, in recent months including one collision which resulted in two fatalities.

Now Sgt Pete Beresford, who is the road policing sergeant for Blackpool and Fylde, has joined calls to reduce the speed limit on the road from 60mph to 40mph.

He told The Gazette: “We’re at the stage where we’d support reduction to a 40mph zone.

“It’s the local authority that makes the decision so we would support that application by councillors and all interested parties.

“Unfortunately there has been a few collisions there and we’d support this campaign.”

Biker Patrick Cresswell, 46, and his 25-year-old partner Suzanne Smith – who was riding pillion – were killed in a tragic accident on Mythop Road in September.

Mr Cresswell and Miss Smith, a mother of two young children, were riding a Honda motorbike and were travelling with a second motorbike, a Suzuki, when they crashed into a tractor.

Mr Cresswell was overtaking when the collision happened.

The opening of an inquest into their deaths heard the couple, who lived together on Newhouse Road, Marton, died instantly of multiple injuries.

John Singleton, who chairs Staining Parish Council and also represents the village on Fylde Council, has been campaigning to get the speed limit reduced for several months.

He said: “After that last fatality on the road I decided to take it on board.

“So many people overtake there and in such dangerous conditions, but it’s the road users that are at fault.

“I’m hoping this would be a way to reduce accidents.”

Sgt Beresford added: “Mr Singleton has probably been the driving force.

“He approached us in relation to this and we’d already decided we were in favour ourselves.

“It’s just a case of as and when and if the council is available to implement such a scheme. I don’t think anyone would object in fairness.

“Coun Singleton supports it, our data supports it and it makes sense.”

Lancashire County Council is responsible for the road, which lies close to the boundary with Blackpool.

Sim Lane-Dixon, highways manager for Wyre, said: “We’re always working to make our roads safer and respond to community concerns about appropriate speed limits.

“The Department for Transport recently consulted councils on the national guidance we have to follow when applying speed limits in rural areas.

“While we’re still awaiting the outcome of the review at the moment so don’t know whether it will give us any extra flexibility.

“We’ll look again at the speed limit on Mythop Road in light of the new guidance when it is published.”

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