Latest road death leads to signs plea

Wendy Hartley, 63, pictured with granddaughter Amy. Wendy, of Cabus, died in a road accident on the A586 near St Michaels on Saturday, February 4.
Wendy Hartley, 63, pictured with granddaughter Amy. Wendy, of Cabus, died in a road accident on the A586 near St Michaels on Saturday, February 4.
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A CAMPAIGNER has called for more speed deterrents to be installed at an accident blackspot.

Pamela Charnley-Nickols, 57, has been campaigning for more 30mph signs to be placed along a stretch of the A586 Blackpool Road, St Michael’s, for five years.

Her latest call comes after Wendy Hartley, 63, from Cabus, died last Saturday after the Citroen in which she was travelling was in a collision with a Suzuki 4x4 on the road.

Although speed is not thought to be a factor in the death of Mrs Hartley, firefighters said the car was believed to have lost control due to mud on the road.

The A586 has a history of fatal crashes, and has claimed the lives of six people since 2000.

And Mrs Charnley-Nickols, who lives on Blackpool Road herself, said: “It’s tragic the difficulties we have with this road. We’re very concerned about the speed along here.”

Mrs Charnley-Nickols has contacted Lancashire County Council about the possibility of moving road signs further back on Blackpool Road to make drivers aware it’s a 30mph zone.

She added: “Until the signs move there will continue to be a number of accidents. The police have told me they are in favour because there’s a lot of speeding here.”

Sim Lane-Dixon, council public realm manager, says the local authority ensure mud is cleared from roads as soon as possible.

He said: “The county council were made aware of the mud by the police and arrangements were made for the road to be swept. We encourage those responsible for depositing mud to clear it, or the county council can clear the highway itself.

“In addition, the county council may also use ‘slow’ signs if the mud or obstruction is particularly hazardous.”