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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.

 

 

Two-vehicle crash closes busy junction near Bispham Aldi

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A two-vehicle crash caused the junction near the Aldi in Bispham to be closed.

 

Two cars collided at the junction of Holyoake Avenue, Plymouth Road, Bispham Road, and Warbreck Hill Road at around 2pm today (December 14).

Heavy congestion was reported in the area following the crash after police closed the junction.

Two fire engines from Blackpool and Bispham also attended the scene alongside one ambulance.

A two-vehicle crash caused a busy junction in Bispham to be closed (Credit: Amy Hindle)

A two-vehicle crash caused a busy junction in Bispham to be closed (Credit: Amy Hindle)

“Two casualties received medical attention before being placed in the care of paramedics,” a spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue said.

“Firefighters used a trauma pack at this incident.”

“They were in attendance for 45 minutes.”

North West Ambulance Service has been approached for comment.

 

 

Calls for road safety lessons as figures reveal 63 children were hit by cars and other vehicles in Blackpool

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Blackpool children were hit by vehicles dozens of times in four years, analysis of official figures has revealed.

 

Campaigners say more should be done to educate youngsters about road safety after thousands of child pedestrians across Great Britain were hurt or killed in incidents between 2017 and 2020.

Analysis of Department for Transport figures by insurance company Churchill reveals that during that period, 63 children were hit by a vehicle in Blackpool.

Of them, 16 were seriously injured.

Figures reveal 63 children hit by cars and other vehicles in Blackpool

Figures reveal 63 children hit by cars and other vehicles in Blackpool

Primary school aged pupils made up 19% of all 331 adult and child pedestrian casualties recorded by the DfT in 2017-20, despite representing 10% of the population.

Churchill’s analysis found 13 incidents in Blackpool involving a casualty aged between four and 11 happened in a 20mph zone, while none were within 500 metres of a school.

The figures also show that 16 children were hit during school ‘rush hours’, either between 7.30am and 8.30am or between 3.30pm and 4.30pm.

According to the analysis of more than 600,000 accidents by Churchill, 10,100 primary aged children have been hit by vehicles in the UK since 2017 – around seven a day.

More than 2,900 accidents have happened during school pick-up and drop off times.

Kirsty Hoad, from Churchill, said the figures highlighted the importance of teaching road safety to children as early as possible.

She added: “With more than half of primary school children walking or cycling to school, this is one obvious area where children will need to know how to stay safe.

“We encourage everyone to take an active role in educating young children in their lives about road safety.”

She advised motorists to take extra care near schools and said speed restrictions were in place to protect children and should be observed at all times.

Rod Dennis from the RAC called for more 20mph zones to be introduced around schools, saying physical traffic calming measures also played a part in making streets safer.

Mr Dennis added: “There is also a clear onus on drivers who use the car to drop off or pick up their children to think about their driving.”

He said parents could send a positive message to others by walking and cycling to school or parking away from the school gates.

Nearly a quarter of the incidents recorded nationally resulted in severe injuries, with 36 youngsters killed between 2017 and 2020.

The coronavirus pandemic saw traffic levels fall across the country in 2020, with road traffic accidents dropping as a result – those involving child casualties decreased from around 2,600 in 2019 to 1,750 last year.

A Department for Transport spokesman said any death on the road is “completely unacceptable” and said the Government is focusing on improving safety via its new Road Safety Strategic Framework.

He added: “We have already invested billions of pounds in safe active travel schemes and cleaner transport infrastructure.

“We’ve also recently announced changes to the Highway Code, meaning those who present the most risk to other road users are given the greatest responsibility in creating a safer travel environment for all.”

 

 

Your views wanted on parking in Lytham

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Fylde Council is inviting visitors and residents to express their views on car parking arrangements throughout Lytham in an online survey.

 

A council spokesman said the aim of the survey is to gather information about people’s parking preferences, concerns, and suggestions.

The data will then be used to inform future developments regarding parking facilities to support the town and wider area, subject to normal planning approval.

The survey focuses primarily on off-street parking – public car parks which Fylde Council operates, but any opinions regarding on-street parking can also be presented and will be passed to Lancashire County Council, which is responsible for that, for that authority’s consideration.

The survey is open until January 9

The survey is open until January 9

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Three years ago, a proposal by Lancashire Council Council to charge for on-street parking in several towns across the county, including Lytham, met with strong opposition and wasn’t followed through.

Fylde currently operates public car parks in Lytham at Pleasant Street, the town’s railway station and opposite Dicconson Terrace and Bath Street on The Green.

Councillor Roger Small, chairman of the Fylde Council’s operational management committee, said: “Lytham boasts a wealth of delightful amenities and attractions to appeal to residents and visitors alike.

“This survey is the first step in the process to ensure our beautiful town can continue to be conveniently enjoyed by generations to come.”

The survey is available until January 9, and can be accessed at www.fylde.gov.uk/council/consultation/

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Driver arrested after car crash close to primary school in Blackpool

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A man has been arrested and woman in her 80s has been taken to hospital

 

Police at the scene of the collision where one man has been arrested
Police at the scene of the collision where one man has been arrested (Image: Simon Mitchell Bpl Bible)

A driver of the vehicle involved in the crash near Common Edge Road in Blackpool has now been arrested.

Police officers were called to the scene on New Hampshire Road around midday today to reports of a crash between two vehicles.

A Volkswagen car and Honda car had been involved in an incident close to the junction with Common Edge Road.

The driver of the Volkswagen was initially arrested under suspicion of drug driving but has been taken to hospital after sustaining injuries a suspected broken arm during the crash.

Common Edge Road, near to Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School, has been blocked in both directions since lunchtime as police, paramedics and the fire service respond.

North West Ambulance Service have said they believe a woman in her 80s has also been taken to hospital in connection with the collision.

The condition of the woman has not been confirmed.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: “We were called around 12.05pm today (Thursday, December 2) to a report of a collision in Hampshire Place, Blackpool.

“A Volkswagen car and Honda car had been involved in an incident close to the junction with Common Edge Road.

“The driver of the Volkswagen was initially arrested on suspicion of drug-driving. He suffered a suspected broken arm and was taken to hospital for treatment.”

An eyewitness at the scene in Blackpool reported that a garden wall has been ‘demolished’.

 

 

Latest figures show Blackpool’s car parks busier than usual in the summer

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Blackpool’s publicly owned car parks were 70 per cent busier this season compared to last year – showing how the resort bounced back following lockdown.

 

Figures revealed by the council show patronage of the 22 car parks it operates increased to 641,722 during April to September 2021, compared to 377,284 for the same time last year.

Income increased by 63 per cent, or £1.5m, from £2.4m in 2020 to £3.9m this year.

It was a similar story for on-street parking, where income increased by £261,612 to £743,195, a jump of 54 per cent between last year ad 2021.

More people were parking in Blackpool this summer

More people were parking in Blackpool this summer

Parking revenue was also slightly higher in 2020 when compared to pre-Covid times in 2019.

The Pay By Phone app also attracted new users with nearly 152,000 transactions in 2021 compared to just under 64,000 in 2020.

A report to the tourism, economy and communities scrutiny committee says: “As we moved into this new financial year at the start of April large parts of the tourism and hospitality sector remained in lockdown, which meant a significant downturn in visitor numbers at Easter and the early May Bank Holiday.

“However, as the Government roadmap out of lockdown unfolded there was a dramatic recovery in visitor numbers from late May onwards, illustrated by high levels of footfall and parking usage during the summer and autumn season.

“In the 24 weeks between May 17 (when most of the tourism and hospitality industry was allowed to reopen) and the end of October, patronage on our car parks was higher than the 2019 figure on all but four weeks.”

This year saw the closure of two council car parks – Tower Street which is the site of the Houndshill Shopping Centre extension which is being built, and Wimbourne Place on South Promenade which is being redeveloped to provide an extension to the Hampton By Hilton Hotel.

The council operates around 900 on street parking bays, and owns 20 car parks and manages two privately owned car parks, with a combined total of more than 5,000 parking spaces.