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These are all the diversion routes for the weekend M55 closure between Preston and Kirkham

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The M55 will shut today (Friday, January 21) and will remain closed over the weekend between Preston and Kirkham.

The motorway will close both ways from 8pm on Friday until 6am on Monday (January 24) for ongoing works on the Preston Western Distributor Road (PWDR) project.

A new junction – the ‘missing’ junction 2 – is currently being built along the M55 as part of the wider PWDR build and an old footbridge over the motorway near the new junction will need to be removed before the project can be completed.

To allow the footbridge to be demolished safely, the motorway will be closed in both directions between junction 1 at Broughton and junction 3 at Kirkham.

The M55 will close both ways from 8pm on Friday until 6am on Monday (January 24) for ongoing works on the Preston Western Distributor Road (PWDR) project

The M55 will close both ways from 8pm on Friday until 6am on Monday (January 24) for ongoing works on the Preston Western Distributor Road (PWDR) project

Drivers planning to travel between Blackpool and Preston over the weekend when the motorway is closed are being advised to plan their journeys, check traffic conditions before setting out and use alternative routes if possible.

But National Highways said the motorway might reopen sooner if the work goes smoothly and is completed ahead of schedule.

Diversion routes

Westbound – Drivers heading westbound will need to take the southbound A6 Garstang Road from junction 1 – joining the westbound A5085 and A583 Blackpool Road and A583 Kirkham Bypass before heading northbound up the A585 Fleetwood Road to re-join the M55 at junction 3.

A new junction – the ‘missing’ junction 2 – is currently being built along the M55 as part of the wider PWDR build and an old footbridge over the motorway near the new junction will need to be removed before the project can be completed

A new junction – the ‘missing’ junction 2 – is currently being built along the M55 as part of the wider PWDR build and an old footbridge over the motorway near the new junction will need to be removed before the project can be completed

Eastbound – Drivers heading eastbound away from Blackpool will use the same route.

How to access M6

Over the weekend, M6 to M55 access will only be available from the northbound M6.

With the southbound M6 to M55 link road closed, drivers on the southbound M6 seeking to join the M55 to get to junction 1 and/ or join the diversion route will need to do so via the northbound M6 from junction 31.

What is the new M55 junction?

Work on the new M55 junction started in October 2019 and the new road and motorway link are due to open in early 2023.

Brian Smith, senior project manager for National Highways, said: “The new motorway junction is a vital component of the PWDR project, supporting the local economy and relieving congestion at other junctions along the motorway.

“We’ve been working closely with the county council and Costain to keep drivers on the move along the M55 during the junction build but next month’s carriageway closure is needed to ensure the bridge can be removed safely.”

He added that the motorway closure will be subject to a final weather check and a clearly-signed diversion will be in place throughout the weekend.

What is the Preston Western Distributor?

The PWD scheme is being constructed on the west side of Preston from the M55 motorway to a new junction with Blackpool Road at Lea.

Funding for these new roads is coming from the Department for Transport and the Lancashire Growth Deal, managed by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.

A new junction 2 is being constructed between Swillbrook and Higher Bartle, as part of the £207 million Preston Western Distributor partnership project led by Lancashire County Council.

As part of special ‘designated’ funds to support the generation of new jobs and building of new homes, National Highways, which operates the M55, is contributing £25 million.

Further funding comes from National Highways and the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal, with the PWD the biggest new road programme in the City Deal.

 

Blackpool woman rushed to hospital after being hit by Tesla on Common Edge Road

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The woman, in her 60s, suffered a head injury

 

Police van blocking access to Common Edge Road, in Blackpool
Police van blocking access to Common Edge Road, in Blackpool (Image: LancsLive/BPL Bible)

A woman has been rushed to hospital after being hit by a car in Blackpool.

The incident took place on Common Edge Road at around 8.25am today (January 14).

The crash involved a Tesla and a pedestrian.

The pedestrian, a woman in her 60s, was taken to hospital with a head injury.

Emergency services remain at the scene and a road closure is in place at the junction with Squires Gate.

The collision took place near to the Shovels Pub.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: “We were called at around 8.25am today (January 14) to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a Tesla car.

“The incident happened on Common Edge Road, Blackpool which is currently closed at the junction with Squires Gate.

“A woman in her 60s has been taken to hospital to be treated for a head injury.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident can contact 101 quoting log number 0247 of today’s date.

 

 

These are the Lancashire mobile speed cameras locations in Preston, Blackpool, Lancaster and Burnley for January

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Lancashire Road Safety Partnership have revealed speed camera locations for January.

In Lancashire 54 sites have been identified in major roads and areas of concern, including 48 which speed camera vehicles can visit at any time during January, as well as two fixed locations and four motorways.

Enforcement vehicles monitor areas across the county seven days a week, including locations in, Blackpool, Burnley, Lancaster, Morecambe, Preston, South Ribble, Fylde and Wyre.

Regular checks are also planned along some of the region’s motorways, including the M6, M61, M55, M65.

These are the Lancashire mobile speed camera locations during January

These are the Lancashire mobile speed camera locations during January

A spokesman from Lancashire Road Safety Partnership, said: “Our cameras use highly accurate laser technology to detect speeding motorists but they are also used to identify other offences, including drivers not in proper control or not wearing a seat belt.

“All our mobile sites are risk assessed for safety and we vary how often we attend different locations with sites based on casualty data, known speeding concerns, where a report has been made directly by a member of the public concerned about speeding issues in their area along with any location that has a fixed roadside camera.”

Here is the full list of locations where enforcement vehicles could be stationed during January:

Lancashire mobile speed camera sites:

A589, Broadway, From Westgate To Marine Rd East (30mph), Morecambe

A678 Burnley Road, Nr St. James C.E. Primary School (30mph), Altham

B5268, Fleetwood Road South,Victoria Road East To Norcross Roundabout (30mph) Thornton

A682 Rawtenstall By Pass (40mph), Rawtenstall

A585, Amounderness Way, Victoria Rd West To Eros Roundabout (40mph), Cleveleys

A5147 New Street (30mph), Halsall

A6, Main Road, Nr Orchard Close (30mph), Slyne

A6, Preston Lancaster Road, Cabus Nook Ln To Lancaster Rd (50mph), Cabus

A59 Sawley (60mph), Sawley

A681 Bocholt Way (30mph), Rawtenstall

A678 Blackburn Road, Nr Dunkenhalgh Hotel (30mph), Rishton

A679 Blackburn Road (30mph), West End

B6241 Tom Benson Way (40mph), Preston

B6243 Preston Rd, From Whittingham Lane To Near To Alston Lane Primary (30mph), Grimsargh

A59 Myerscough/Smithy Road (50mph), Mellor Brook

A59 Liverpool Road/Causeway Lane (30mph), Rufford

A6 Garstang Rd, From Watling Street Rd To Moor Lane (30mph), Preston

A59, Clitheroe By-Pass (60mpn), Chatburn

A589, Broadway, From Westgate To Marine Rd East (30mph), Morecambe

A59 Preston New Road (Eastbound) (50mph), Samlesbury

A6 Garstang Rd, From Jepps Lane To James Tower Way (40mph), Broughton

A5085 Blackpool Rd, From Preston West To A5072 Tulketh Rd (30mph), Preston

A570 Rainford Road (60mph), Bickerstaff

A6 Garstang Rd, From Lfrs Headquarters To Watling Street Rd (30mph), Preston

A6 Lancaster Road, Nr Beaumont Gate Farm (30mph), Lancaster

A565 Southport New Road (50mph), Banks

A679 Accrington Road (30mph), Hapton

Speed Management;

Barton Road (30mph), Lancaster

St Vincents Road (30mph), Preston

North Park Drive (30mph), Blackpool

Simonstone Lane (30mph), Simonstone

Birch Green Road (30mph), Skelmersdale

Clifton Drive (30mph), Blackpool

Blackburn Road (30mph), Edgworth

M65, Between Junctions 7&8 (70mph), Altham Lane

A584, Promenade/Fleetwood Road (30mph), Blackpool

B5258 Warren Drive (30mph), Thornton Cleveleys

A586 The Avenue (30mph), Churchtown

Inner Promenade (30mph), St Annes

A6177, Haslingden Road, Nr Hospital, Blackburn

A675 Hoghton Lane (30mph), Higher Walton

A586 Blackpool Rd (30mph), St Michael’s

A59 Guildway / Golden Way (40mph), Preston

A673 Bolton Rd (30mph), Anderton

Roman Road (30mph), Blackburn

Whalley Old Road (30mph), Blackburn

Fixed mobile speed camera locations:

A586 Garstang Rd East, Poulton

Fishergate Hill

Motorways:

M6

M61

M55

M65

 

M55 full closure and delays as motorway bridge is demolished

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The M55 will be closed in both directions between junctions 1 and 3

 

The work is taking place on the M55
The work is taking place on the M55 (Image: National Highways)

Motorists are being warned of a closure of the M55 between Preston and Blackpool this weekend to allow for the demolition of a bridge.

The motorway will be closed in both directions between junctions 1 and 3 from 8pm on Friday January 21 until 6am on Monday January 24.

The closure is to allow for the demolition of a footbridge over the M55 close to the new Junction 2 which is being created as part of the £207m Preston Western Distributor road scheduled to open in early 2023. Motorists are advised to use a diversion on the A583 this weekend.

The scheme will link Preston and southern Fylde to the M55 motorway and is the biggest new road programme in the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal.

Lancashire County Council bosses claim the new road will help to promote new housing and business development in the area, while increasing capacity on the existing local road network, and will include a new junction, four new bridges and three underpasses.

The scheme also includes two new roads connecting to new and existing housing areas of North West Preston and Cottam. The new East-West Link Road and Cottam Link Road will provide convenient access to the Preston Western Distributor, avoiding already congested local routes.

 

 

Woman taken to hospital after two-vehicle crash in Ansdell

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A woman was hospitalised after two vehicles collided near Lytham St Annes High School.

Albany Road was closed after two vehicles collided near Lytham St Annes High School at around 5.35pm on Monday, January 17.

North West Ambulance Service confirmed today (January 18) that one woman was taken to hospital following the smash.

“I don’t have many details,” the spokesman added.

Albany Road was closed after two vehicles collided near Lytham St Annes High School (Credit: Google)

Albany Road was closed after two vehicles collided near Lytham St Annes High School (Credit: Google)

“It was reported to us as a two-vehicle road traffic collision at 5.09pm.”

Heavy traffic was building following the smash, with bus services diverting their routes to avoid the congestion.

“Due to a road traffic collision outside Lytham St Annes High we are diverting the service 11,” a spokesman for Blackpool Transport said.

“Using Smithy Lane, Heyhouses Lane then back to the normal route on Blackpool road.

“Apologies for any inconvenience.”

 

January’s Lancashire mobile speed cameras: These are the Lancashire enforcement vehicles locations in Preston, Blackpool, Burnley, Lancaster

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Lancashire Road Safety Partnership have revealed speed camera locations for January.

 

In Lancashire 54 sites have been identified in major roads and areas of concern, including 48 which speed camera vehicles can visit at any time during January, as well as two fixed locations and four motorways.

Enforcement vehicles monitor areas across the county seven days a week, including locations in, Blackpool, Burnley, Lancaster, Morecambe, Preston, South Ribble, Fylde and Wyre.

Regular checks are also planned along some of the region’s motorways, including the M6, M61, M55, M65.

These are the Lancashire mobile speed camera locations during December

These are the Lancashire mobile speed camera locations during December

A spokesman from Lancashire Road Safety Partnership, said: “Our cameras use highly accurate laser technology to detect speeding motorists but they are also used to identify other offences, including drivers not in proper control or not wearing a seat belt.

“All our mobile sites are risk assessed for safety and we vary how often we attend different locations with sites based on casualty data, known speeding concerns, where a report has been made directly by a member of the public concerned about speeding issues in their area along with any location that has a fixed roadside camera.”

Here is the full list of locations where enforcement vehicles could be stationed during January:

Lancashire mobile speed camera sites:

A589, Broadway, From Westgate To Marine Rd East (30mph), Morecambe

A678 Burnley Road, Nr St. James C.E. Primary School (30mph), Altham

B5268, Fleetwood Road South,Victoria Road East To Norcross Roundabout (30mph) Thornton

A682 Rawtenstall By Pass (40mph), Rawtenstall

A585, Amounderness Way, Victoria Rd West To Eros Roundabout (40mph), Cleveleys

A5147 New Street (30mph), Halsall

A6, Main Road, Nr Orchard Close (30mph), Slyne

A6, Preston Lancaster Road, Cabus Nook Ln To Lancaster Rd (50mph), Cabus

A59 Sawley (60mph), Sawley

A681 Bocholt Way (30mph), Rawtenstall

A678 Blackburn Road, Nr Dunkenhalgh Hotel (30mph), Rishton

A679 Blackburn Road (30mph), West End

B6241 Tom Benson Way (40mph), Preston

B6243 Preston Rd, From Whittingham Lane To Near To Alston Lane Primary (30mph), Grimsargh

A59 Myerscough/Smithy Road (50mph), Mellor Brook

A59 Liverpool Road/Causeway Lane (30mph), Rufford

A6 Garstang Rd, From Watling Street Rd To Moor Lane (30mph), Preston

A59, Clitheroe By-Pass (60mpn), Chatburn

A589, Broadway, From Westgate To Marine Rd East (30mph), Morecambe

A59 Preston New Road (Eastbound) (50mph), Samlesbury

A6 Garstang Rd, From Jepps Lane To James Tower Way (40mph), Broughton

A5085 Blackpool Rd, From Preston West To A5072 Tulketh Rd (30mph), Preston

A570 Rainford Road (60mph), Bickerstaff

A6 Garstang Rd, From Lfrs Headquarters To Watling Street Rd (30mph), Preston

A6 Lancaster Road, Nr Beaumont Gate Farm (30mph), Lancaster

A565 Southport New Road (50mph), Banks

A679 Accrington Road (30mph), Hapton

Speed Management;

Barton Road (30mph), Lancaster

St Vincents Road (30mph), Preston

North Park Drive (30mph), Blackpool

Simonstone Lane (30mph), Simonstone

Birch Green Road (30mph), Skelmersdale

Clifton Drive (30mph), Blackpool

Blackburn Road (30mph), Edgworth

M65, Between Junctions 7&8 (70mph), Altham Lane

A584, Promenade/Fleetwood Road (30mph), Blackpool

B5258 Warren Drive (30mph), Thornton Cleveleys

A586 The Avenue (30mph), Churchtown

Inner Promenade (30mph), St Annes

A6177, Haslingden Road, Nr Hospital, Blackburn

A675 Hoghton Lane (30mph), Higher Walton

A586 Blackpool Rd (30mph), St Michael’s

A59 Guildway / Golden Way (40mph), Preston

A673 Bolton Rd (30mph), Anderton

Roman Road (30mph), Blackburn

Whalley Old Road (30mph), Blackburn

Fixed mobile speed camera locations:

A586 Garstang Rd East, Poulton

Fishergate Hill

Motorways:

M6

M61

M55

M65

 

 

Blackpool’s Dickson Road shut after serious crash involving mobility scooter rider

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A person riding a mobility scooter has been struck by a car in Blackpool this morning (Thursday, January 13).

Police closed Dickson Road after the crash outside the Duke of York pub at around 8.50am.

Ambulance crews have attended and the road remains shut whilst crash investigators work at the scene.

Lancashire Police described the incident as ‘serious’ but have not released details at this stage.

Police have shut Dickson Road in Blackpool after a crash involving a mobility scooter outside the Duke of York pub at around 8.50am (Thursday, January 13)

Police have shut Dickson Road in Blackpool after a crash involving a mobility scooter outside the Duke of York pub at around 8.50am (Thursday, January 13)

A cordon is in place across Dickson Road, which remains closed from Banks Street to Cocker Street.

A police spokesman said: “It’s a serious road traffic collision. It came into us at 8.54am. A road closure remains in place.”

North West Ambulance Service has been approached for further details.

More to follow…

 

This is what drivers need to know about changes to the A585 roadworks north of Blackpool

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Work has resumed on the A585 traffic improvement project north of Blackpool.

 

From Monday, January 10 until Sunday, January 23, there will be some changes to the traffic lights and road system between Skippool and Windey Harbour and National Highways is warning drivers to prepare.

Two-way temporary traffic lights and a lane closure to allow services diversions will be in place at Lodge Lane as workers return after the Christmas break.

Mains Lane will have narrow lanes for the same reason, while Skippool Bridge will have narrow lanes to allow construction work to continue.

Work has started again on the A585

Work has started again on the A585

At Skippool Roundabout, there will be narrow lanes, with one lane closed on Amounderness Way eastbound.

One lane will also closed on the approach to the roundabout northbound on Breck Road from Poulton-le-Fylde.

However, both Lanes open on the approach to the roundabout on the westbound of Mains Lane.

Drivers are warned to keep an eye out for construction traffic crossing Garstang Road East.

Garstang New Road (east-bound) and Windy Harbour junction, will see no changes to the road layout for the two week period as the £150m project continues to try to reduce traffic congestion.

 

 

These are the Lancashire mobile speed cameras locations in Preston, Blackpool, Burnley, Lancaster for January.

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Lancashire Road Safety Partnership have revealed speed camera locations for January.

 

In Lancashire 54 sites have been identified in major roads and areas of concern, including 48 which speed camera vehicles can visit at any time during January, as well as two fixed locations and four motorways.

Enforcement vehicles monitor areas across the county seven days a week, including locations in, Blackpool, Burnley, Lancaster, Morecambe, Preston, South Ribble, Fylde and Wyre.

Regular checks are also planned along some of the region’s motorways, including the M6, M61, M55, M65.

These are the Lancashire mobile speed camera locations during December

These are the Lancashire mobile speed camera locations during December

A spokesman from Lancashire Road Safety Partnership, said: “Our cameras use highly accurate laser technology to detect speeding motorists but they are also used to identify other offences, including drivers not in proper control or not wearing a seat belt.

“All our mobile sites are risk assessed for safety and we vary how often we attend different locations with sites based on casualty data, known speeding concerns, where a report has been made directly by a member of the public concerned about speeding issues in their area along with any location that has a fixed roadside camera.”

Here is the full list of locations where enforcement vehicles could be stationed during January:

Lancashire mobile speed camera sites:

A589, Broadway, From Westgate To Marine Rd East (30mph), Morecambe

A678 Burnley Road, Nr St. James C.E. Primary School (30mph), Altham

B5268, Fleetwood Road South,Victoria Road East To Norcross Roundabout (30mph) Thornton

A682 Rawtenstall By Pass (40mph), Rawtenstall

A585, Amounderness Way, Victoria Rd West To Eros Roundabout (40mph), Cleveleys

A5147 New Street (30mph), Halsall

A6, Main Road, Nr Orchard Close (30mph), Slyne

A6, Preston Lancaster Road, Cabus Nook Ln To Lancaster Rd (50mph), Cabus

A59 Sawley (60mph), Sawley

A681 Bocholt Way (30mph), Rawtenstall

A678 Blackburn Road, Nr Dunkenhalgh Hotel (30mph), Rishton

A679 Blackburn Road (30mph), West End

B6241 Tom Benson Way (40mph), Preston

B6243 Preston Rd, From Whittingham Lane To Near To Alston Lane Primary (30mph), Grimsargh

A59 Myerscough/Smithy Road (50mph), Mellor Brook

A59 Liverpool Road/Causeway Lane (30mph), Rufford

A6 Garstang Rd, From Watling Street Rd To Moor Lane (30mph), Preston

A59, Clitheroe By-Pass (60mpn), Chatburn

A589, Broadway, From Westgate To Marine Rd East (30mph), Morecambe

A59 Preston New Road (Eastbound) (50mph), Samlesbury

A6 Garstang Rd, From Jepps Lane To James Tower Way (40mph), Broughton

A5085 Blackpool Rd, From Preston West To A5072 Tulketh Rd (30mph), Preston

A570 Rainford Road (60mph), Bickerstaff

A6 Garstang Rd, From Lfrs Headquarters To Watling Street Rd (30mph), Preston

A6 Lancaster Road, Nr Beaumont Gate Farm (30mph), Lancaster

A565 Southport New Road (50mph), Banks

A679 Accrington Road (30mph), Hapton

Speed Management;

Barton Road (30mph), Lancaster

St Vincents Road (30mph), Preston

North Park Drive (30mph), Blackpool

Simonstone Lane (30mph), Simonstone

Birch Green Road (30mph), Skelmersdale

Clifton Drive (30mph), Blackpool

Blackburn Road (30mph), Edgworth

M65, Between Junctions 7&8 (70mph), Altham Lane

A584, Promenade/Fleetwood Road (30mph), Blackpool

B5258 Warren Drive (30mph), Thornton Cleveleys

A586 The Avenue (30mph), Churchtown

Inner Promenade (30mph), St Annes

A6177, Haslingden Road, Nr Hospital, Blackburn

A675 Hoghton Lane (30mph), Higher Walton

A586 Blackpool Rd (30mph), St Michael’s

A59 Guildway / Golden Way (40mph), Preston

A673 Bolton Rd (30mph), Anderton

Roman Road (30mph), Blackburn

Whalley Old Road (30mph), Blackburn

Fixed mobile speed camera locations:

A586 Garstang Rd East, Poulton

Fishergate Hill

Motorways:

M6

M61

M55

M65

 

 

Heyhouses-M55 link road: how work is coming along six months on from the long-awaited start

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Six months on from the start of work on the long-awaited Heyhouses-M55 link road, notable progress is being made.

 

The road is due to be ready for use in early 2024 and will considerably ease the journey from Lytham and St Annes to the motorway network as it links the Whitehills roundabout, close to the M55 and where work began, to Heyhouses Lane and Blackpool Road at Cypress Point, Ansdell.

The road is being funded thanks to contributions from or managed through the Department for Transport, Highways England, the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s Getting Building Fund, Lancashire County Council, Fylde Council, and secured from development.

Phil Whalley, Lancashire County Council project manager for the new road, said: “Work on the link road is now progressing in stages, from both the south end of the scheme at Heyhouses Lane and from the north of the scheme at the Whitehills roundabout.

Phil Whalley, Lancashire County Council's project manager for the new road, at the site of the construction works

Phil Whalley, Lancashire County Council’s project manager for the new road, at the site of the construction works

“We then put further stone on top of this to build up the height where there needs to be on an embankment. This is designed to be above the flood levels experienced in the area.

“As the road is being built upon soft, mossy, ground, one of the processes we’re currently carrying out is to stabilise the ground. From the expected finished level of the road we are placing over 1m depth of stone to consolidate the existing soft ground.

“This material can only be placed relatively slowly to avoid any failure in the underlying area. This is then left for around three months or until settlement of the existing ground stops. This process needs to be repeated along the length of the road and will be a major focus of construction for some time to come.

The road is due to be completed by early 2024

The road is due to be completed by early 2024

“We have also completed the environmental screening at the southern end of the scheme so that the winter feeding birds are not disturbed by our works – the screening consists of 2.4m high hoardings along 600m to reduce any impact due to noise or the sight of construction activity taking place.

“We have been able to start cutting some new drainage features such as swales at the side of the road which will also provide new habitat for wildlife when the road is complete.

“Another ecological feature of the new road will be the ‘mammal shelves’ which form part of the new culverts across Moss Sluice and Branch Drain.

“These culverts will be much larger than the existing structures, and will feature shelves which enable small animals to pass along the culvert underneath the road without entering the water, or put themselves at risk by having to cross the road.”

Project manager Phil Whalley is pleased with progress.

Project manager Phil Whalley is pleased with progress.

Update on Blackpool woman struck by taxi in Talbot Road

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A Blackpool woman remains in a serious condition in hospital after she was struck by a taxi yesterday (Thursday, December 30).

 

Police shut Talbot Road after the woman, aged in her 50s, was knocked down outside Home Bargains at around 12.05pm.

Paramedics attended and she was taken to the Major Trauma Centre at Royal Preston Hospital with serious injuries.

Police said the woman, aged in her 50s, has suffered pelvis, spine, and neck injuries after being struck by a taxi outside Home Bargains in Talbot Road, Blackpool yesterday lunchtime. Pic: Tequila Jack Rose

Police said the woman, aged in her 50s, has suffered pelvis, spine, and neck injuries after being struck by a taxi outside Home Bargains in Talbot Road, Blackpool yesterday lunchtime. Pic: Tequila Jack Rose

“She has suffered suspected pelvis, spine, and neck injuries,” said a police spokesman. “She was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment where she remains in a serious condition.”

The force added that “no arrests have been made” following the collision, which shut Talbot Road in both directions for around an hour.

 

 

Woman seriously injured after being knocked down outside Home Bargains in Blackpool

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A woman has been knocked down outside Home Bargains in Blackpool’s Talbot Road this afternoon (Thursday, December 30).

 

Police shut the road in both directions after the woman, aged in her 50s, was struck by a car at around 12.05pm.

She has been taken to hospital with serious injuries, say police.

Drivers are urged to avoid the area and Blackpool Transport is diverting its bus services.

Police and paramedics at the scene outside Home Bargains in Talbot Road, Blackpool this afternoon (Thursday, December 30)

Police and paramedics at the scene outside Home Bargains in Talbot Road, Blackpool this afternoon (Thursday, December 30)

A police spokesman said: “Please be aware that Talbot Road, Blackpool is closed in both directions due to a road traffic collision.

“Please avoid the area where possible. Thank you for your patience.”

More to follow…

 

 

Drivers warned of New year weekend closure for M55 between Preston and Blackpool

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The M55 will close for a weekend in the New Year as part of the Preston Western Distributor Road (PWDR) project.

 

A new junction – the ‘missing’ junction 2 – is currently being built along the M55 as part of the wider PWDR build and an old footbridge over the motorway near the new junction will need to be removed before the project can be completed.

To allow the footbridge to be demolished safely, the motorway will be closed in both directions between junction 1 at Broughton and junction 3 at Kirkham from 8pm on Friday, January 21 until 6am on Monday, January 24.

National Highways said the motorway will re-open sooner if the work goes smoothly.

The new M55 junction 2 - with a bridge over the motorway connecting the eastbound entry and exit slip roads to the new Preston Western Distributor road - is taking shape. Pic: National Highways

The new M55 junction 2 – with a bridge over the motorway connecting the eastbound entry and exit slip roads to the new Preston Western Distributor road – is taking shape. Pic: National Highways

Lancashire County Council and main contractor Costain are delivering the wider PWDR scheme and are building the new junction for National Highways.

Work on the new M55 junction started in October 2019 and the new road and motorway link are due to open in early 2023.

Brian Smith, senior project manager for National Highways, said: “The new motorway junction is a vital component of the PWDR project, supporting the local economy and relieving congestion at other junctions along the motorway.

“We’ve been working closely with the county council and Costain to keep drivers on the move along the M55 during the junction build but next month’s carriageway closure is needed to ensure the bridge can be removed safely.”

This footbridge just east of the new M55 junction 2 is being demolished in the New Year weekend motorway closure. Pic: Google

This footbridge just east of the new M55 junction 2 is being demolished in the New Year weekend motorway closure. Pic: Google

The motorway closure will be subject to a final weather check and a clearly-signed diversion will be in place throughout the weekend.

Diversion route

Drivers heading westbound will need to take the southbound A6 Garstang Road from junction 1 – joining the westbound A5085 and A583 Blackpool Road and A583 Kirkham Bypass before heading northbound up the A585 Fleetwood Road to re-join the M55 at junction 3.

Drivers heading eastbound away from Blackpool will use the same route.

Over the weekend, M6 to M55 access will only be available from the northbound M6.

With the southbound M6 to M55 link road closed, drivers on the southbound M6 seeking to join the M55 to get to junction 1 and/ or join the diversion route will need to do so via the northbound M6 from junction 31.

Drivers planning to travel between Blackpool and Preston over the weekend when the motorway is closed are being advised to plan their journeys, check traffic conditions before setting out and use alternative routes if possible.

What is the Preston Western Distributor?

The PWD scheme is being constructed on the west side of Preston from the M55 motorway to a new junction with Blackpool Road at Lea.

Funding for these new roads is coming from the Department for Transport and the Lancashire Growth Deal, managed by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.

A new junction 2 is being constructed between Swillbrook and Higher Bartle, as part of the £207 million Preston Western Distributor partnership project led by Lancashire County Council.

As part of special ‘designated’ funds to support the generation of new jobs and building of new homes, National Highways, which operates the M55, is contributing £25 million.

Further funding comes from National Highways and the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal, with the PWD the biggest new road programme in the City Deal.

 

 

These are the Lancashire mobile speed cameras locations in Preston, Blackpool, Burnley, Lancaster for December.

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Lancashire Road Safety Partnership have revealed speed camera locations for December.

 

In Lancashire 54 sites have been identified in major roads and areas of concern, including 48 which speed camera vehicles can visit at any time during December, as well as two fixed locations and four motorways.

Enforcement vehicles monitor areas across the county seven days a week, including locations in, Blackpool, Burnley, Lancaster, Morecambe, Preston, South Ribble, Fylde and Wyre.

Regular checks are also planned along some of the region’s motorways, including the M6, M61, M55, M65.

These are the Lancashire mobile speed camera locations during December

These are the Lancashire mobile speed camera locations during December

A spokesman from Lancashire Road Safety Partnership, said: “Our cameras use highly accurate laser technology to detect speeding motorists but they are also used to identify other offences, including drivers not in proper control or not wearing a seat belt.

“All our mobile sites are risk assessed for safety and we vary how often we attend different locations with sites based on casualty data, known speeding concerns, where a report has been made directly by a member of the public concerned about speeding issues in their area along with any location that has a fixed roadside camera.”

Here is the full list of locations where enforcement vehicles could be stationed during December:

Lancashire mobile speed camera sites:

A589, Broadway, From Westgate To Marine Rd East (30mph), Morecambe

A678 Burnley Road, Nr St. James C.E. Primary School (30mph), Altham

B5268, Fleetwood Road South,Victoria Road East To Norcross Roundabout (30mph) Thornton

A682 Rawtenstall By Pass (40mph), Rawtenstall

A585, Amounderness Way, Victoria Rd West To Eros Roundabout (40mph), Cleveleys

A5147 New Street (30mph), Halsall

A6, Main Road, Nr Orchard Close (30mph), Slyne

A6, Preston Lancaster Road, Cabus Nook Ln To Lancaster Rd (50mph), Cabus

A59 Sawley (60mph), Sawley

A681 Bocholt Way (30mph), Rawtenstall

A678 Blackburn Road, Nr Dunkenhalgh Hotel (30mph), Rishton

A679 Blackburn Road (30mph), West End

B6241 Tom Benson Way (40mph), Preston

B6243 Preston Rd, From Whittingham Lane To Near To Alston Lane Primary (30mph), Grimsargh

A59 Myerscough/Smithy Road (50mph), Mellor Brook

A59 Liverpool Road/Causeway Lane (30mph), Rufford

A6 Garstang Rd, From Watling Street Rd To Moor Lane (30mph), Preston

A59, Clitheroe By-Pass (60mpn), Chatburn

A589, Broadway, From Westgate To Marine Rd East (30mph), Morecambe

A59 Preston New Road (Eastbound) (50mph), Samlesbury

A6 Garstang Rd, From Jepps Lane To James Tower Way (40mph), Broughton

A5085 Blackpool Rd, From Preston West To A5072 Tulketh Rd (30mph), Preston

A570 Rainford Road (60mph), Bickerstaff

A6 Garstang Rd, From Lfrs Headquarters To Watling Street Rd (30mph), Preston

A6 Lancaster Road, Nr Beaumont Gate Farm (30mph), Lancaster

A565 Southport New Road (50mph), Banks

A679 Accrington Road (30mph), Hapton

Speed Management;

Barton Road (30mph), Lancaster

St Vincents Road (30mph), Preston

North Park Drive (30mph), Blackpool

Simonstone Lane (30mph), Simonstone

Birch Green Road (30mph), Skelmersdale

Clifton Drive (30mph), Blackpool

Blackburn Road (30mph), Edgworth

M65, Between Junctions 7&8 (70mph), Altham Lane

A584, Promenade/Fleetwood Road (30mph), Blackpool

B5258 Warren Drive (30mph), Thornton Cleveleys

A586 The Avenue (30mph), Churchtown

Inner Promenade (30mph), St Annes

A6177, Haslingden Road, Nr Hospital, Blackburn

A675 Hoghton Lane (30mph), Higher Walton

A586 Blackpool Rd (30mph), St Michael’s

A59 Guildway / Golden Way (40mph), Preston

A673 Bolton Rd (30mph), Anderton

Roman Road (30mph), Blackburn

Whalley Old Road (30mph), Blackburn

Fixed mobile speed camera locations:

A586 Garstang Rd East, Poulton

Fishergate Hill

Motorways:

M6

M61

M55

M65

 

 

Woman hospitalised with ‘multiple injuries’ after crash in Blackpool

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A woman was hospitalised after suffering “multiple injuries” in a car crash in Blackpool.

 

Emergency services were called to a road traffic collision in Staining Road at around 11.30pm on Tuesday (December 14).

Two fire engines from Blackpool attended the scene and used low pressure airbags, step blocks and lighting to release one casualty.

The individual was then placed in the care of paramedics.

A woman was hospitalised after suffering "multiple injuries" in a car crash in Blackpool

A woman was hospitalised after suffering “multiple injuries” in a car crash in Blackpool

A spokesman for North West Ambulance Service said: “We sent a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance and an advanced paramedic to the scene.

“We treated a female in her 30s with multiple injuries and took the patient to Royal Preston Hospital.”

Fire crews were in attendance for approximately 20 minutes.

 

 

Section of M55 reopens after ‘police incident’ closes carriageway

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A section of the M55 was closed by police due an “incident” this afternoon (December 20).

 

The M55 westbound was closed between junctions 1 (Broughton Roundabout) and 3 (Wesham Interchange) at approximately 1.50pm due to a “police incident”.

National Highways warned motorists that congestion was building on the approach.

At 2.20pm, it was confirmed the carriageway had fully reopened and traffic was easing.

“The police incident has concluded and traffic has now been released on the M55 westbound,” a spokesman for National Highways said.

“There are no significant delays in the area.”

Lancashire Police has been approached for more information about the closure.

A section of the M55 was closed by police due an "incident" (Credit: National Highways)

A section of the M55 was closed by police due an “incident” (Credit: National Highways)

Woman hospitalised with ‘multiple injuries’ after crash in Blackpool

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A woman was hospitalised after suffering “multiple injuries” in a car crash in Blackpool.

 

Emergency services were called to a road traffic collision in Staining Road at around 11.30pm on Tuesday (Wednesday 14).

Two fire engines from Blackpool attended the scene and used low pressure airbags, step blocks and lighting to release one casualty.

The individual was then placed in the care of paramedics.

A woman was hospitalised after suffering "multiple injuries" in a car crash in Blackpool

A woman was hospitalised after suffering “multiple injuries” in a car crash in Blackpool

A spokesman for North West Ambulance Service said: “We sent a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance and an advanced paramedic to the scene.

“We treated a female in her 30s with multiple injuries and took the patient to Royal Preston Hospital.”

Fire crews were in attendance for approximately 20 minutes.

 

 

This is when the A585 roadworks as part of bypass project will stop for Christmas

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Motorists are being alerted to changes to the roadworks along the A585 between Fleetwood and Kirkham as Christmas approaches.

 

The teams working on the upgrade to try to reduce traffic congestion with the £150m bypass project, are aiming to complete present work in time for the festive season.

Changes to the roadworks at the Windy Harbour to Skippool bypass scheme for the next two weeks include the removal of the two-way traffic lights at Lodge Lane, although drivers are warned to be aware of heavy construction traffic crossing the road in the area.

At Skippool Roundabout, one lane is still closed on Amounderness Way eastbound, one lane closed on approach to roundabout northbound on Breck Road from Poulton-le-Fylde. Both lanes are open on the approach to the roundabout on the westbound of Mains Lane.

Work continues on the A585 but will break for Christmas

Work continues on the A585 but will break for Christmas

Mains Lane has narrow lanes to allow for utilities installation, while Garstang Road East has temporary construction traffic crossing.

A spokesman said: “As we approach Christmas, we’ll be finishing off as much of our work as possible before closing site for the festive period. We will close from Friday, December 24, before returning to site on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

“If you have any urgent enquiries during this period, please contact our 24-hour customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.”

 

 

Motorcyclist suffers ‘serious head injuries’ in hit-and-run collision in Freckleton

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A motorcyclist was hospitalised with “serious injuries” following a hit-and-run collision in Freckleton.

 

An Audi A6 travelling along Kirkham Road collided with a Yamaha motorbike after turning onto Hillock Lane at around 6.20pm on Sunday (December 12).

The motorbike rider, a 20-year-old man from Greater Manchester, suffered “serious head injuries” and was taken to hospital.

The driver of the Audi initially failed to stop at the scene but a suspect later came forward, police said.

The car was also recovered.

Today (December 16), detectives appealed to anyone who may have witnessed the incident to get in contact.

Sgt Michael Higginson, of Lancashire Constabulary’s Road Policing Unit, said: “This collision has left a young man with some very significant injuries and I would appeal to anyone who saw what happened, or who has CCTV or dashcam footage, to come forward and contact us.”

A motorcyclist was hospitalised with "serious injuries" following a hit-and-run collision in Freckleton (Credit: Google)

A motorcyclist was hospitalised with “serious injuries” following a hit-and-run collision in Freckleton (Credit: Google)

Anyone with information can contact police on 101, quoting log number 1108 of December 12.

You also visit the Lancashire Police website by clicking HERE.

 

 

Shocking near-miss video shows ‘oblivious’ driver going wrong way on notorious Bispham roundabout

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A driving instructor has shared shocking footage of a man driving the wrong way on a roundabout in Bispham.

 

The driver of the Dacia Duster startled motorists when he took the wrong exit and drove towards oncoming traffic at the Bispham Road roundabout on Sunday afternoon (December 12).

Local instructor Jason Eastwood captured the hair-raising moment on his dashcam whilst teaching a learner driver to negotiate the roundabout, which is notorious as a black spot for collisions and near misses.

In the footage, a white Dacia Duster can be seen driving around the roundabout before leaving at the junction used for those heading north for Devonshire Road.

The driver of the Dacia Duster startled motorists when he took the wrong exit and drove towards oncoming traffic at the Bispham Road roundabout on Sunday afternoon (December 12). Pic credit: Jason Eastwood

The driver of the Dacia Duster startled motorists when he took the wrong exit and drove towards oncoming traffic at the Bispham Road roundabout on Sunday afternoon (December 12). Pic credit: Jason Eastwood

The roundabout has a reputation as a problematic junction among locals due to the number of near misses with drivers confused by its layout.

“See it a lot at this roundabout, but I’ve never had a car coming straight at me before”, said Jason.

“I could tell by his face that he didn’t have a clue he’d done anything wrong. I was flashing my lights at him and he just blanked me.

“It’s hard enough getting a student round it,” he quipped, “without having to avoid cars coming at us as well.”

Blackpool Council have been approached for comment.