Call for ac­tion after se­ries of road crashes

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

CON­CERNED res­i­dents have called for traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures to be in­tro­duced on a main road after a se­ries of col­li­sions.

We re­vealed this year how Black­burn Road is the most dan­ger­ous road ac­cord­ing to Lan­cashire County Coun­cil high­ways fig­ures, with 63 ac­ci­dents in the last three years.

Res­i­dents said they are now con­cerned for their chil­dren’s safety and have called for new cross­ings to be in­tro­duced to slow down traf­fic and make it safer for pedes­tri­ans to cross.

Farhat Ka­reem, who lives on Black­burn Road, said: “I have five chil­dren and my youngest is four and I re­ally do get scared when she goes onto the road. The cars come up and down re­ally, re­ally fast. I’m not sure if the speed cam­era there is work­ing. They are speed­ing and over­tak­ing each other. I’ve lived on Black­burn Road for 15 years and seen quite a few col­li­sions.

“Maybe they could put some speed humps be­cause even with a ze­bra cross­ing they will drive through it. Years ago you could cross safely but now you have to wait for the driver to stop and some don’t stop.”

Hyn­d­burn Cham­ber of Trade pres­i­dent Sha­hed Mah­mood, who also lives on Black­burn Road, said the road has be­come a ‘race track’ in re­cent years.

He said: “From Tremellen Street all the way up to the miniround­about on Black­burn Road it seems to be like a race track.”

Lan­cashire County Coun­cil (LCC) said there have been 11 col­li­sions in the last five years be­tween Lons­dale Street and Tremellen Street.

Two of the in­ci­dents re­sulted in ‘se­ri­ous in­jury’ and both were ‘put down to pedes­tri­ans fail­ing to look be­fore cross­ing’. Mr Mah­mood added: “If you look at the times of the ac­ci­dents it’s be­tween 4pm and 7pm and that’s when young kids are go­ing to the mosque.

“With a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion and a new mosque be­ing built there’s more and more peo­ple. We need some sort of ze­bra or pel­i­can cross­ing and traf­fic lights be­tween that stretch.”

LCC said a con­di­tion of the new Keep­moat hous­ing re­newal de­vel­op­ment will see a new puf­fin cross­ing be­tween Bar­low Street and Sid­ings Way and the re­moval of the ‘ex­ist­ing pedes­trian refuge.

Mar­cus Leigh, LCC high­ways man­ager, said: “Black­burn Road is a very busy A-road and, while there are a num­ber of in­jury col­li­sions ev­ery year, our pre­vi­ous in­ves­ti­ga­tions have found there is no pat­tern to them which sug­gests that we could rea­son­ably put in place en­gi­neer­ing mea­sures to re­duce them, as the in­ci­dents are not clus­tered at par­tic­u­lar lo­ca­tions, or re­sult from sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances.

“We’re aware of com­mu­nity con­cerns about speed­ing, and Black­burn Road is a site where mo­bile speed en­force­ment is car­ried out by the po­lice as part of the Lan­cashire Road Watch Pro­gramme.”

An eight-year-old girl was one of three peo­ple to suf­fer mi­nor in­juries after a three-car col­li­sion on Black­burn Road in Ac­cring­ton on Au­gust 23.

It fol­lowed an­other col­li­sion on June 1 in­volv­ing a girl, three, and a boy, aged five and a ac­ci­dent on Jan­uary 16 when a male pedes­trian was taken to hospi­tal with head in­juries. Lan­cashire Po­lice said no ar­rests have been made in con­nec­tion to any of the in­ci­dents, and they were not speed-re­lated.

The scene of a re­cent ac­ci­dent

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