Action call for most dangerous road in Wyre

A588, which runs through Hambleton, Pilling and Stalmine, has been branded a 'persistently higher risk road'
A588, which runs through Hambleton, Pilling and Stalmine, has been branded a 'persistently higher risk road'

New calls have been made to lower the speed limit on a notorious Wyre road - after it was included in a list of Britain’s most dangerous routes.

A study by the Road Safety Foundation found the A588, which runs through Hambleton, Pilling and Stalmine, to be a “persistently higher risk road” following 89 serious and fatal incidents between 2002 and 2011.

The report lists all of the 10 single carriageway roads included in the report to be “challenging to drive with frequent blind corners and sweeping bends”.

Between 2002 and 2006 there were 54 serious and fatal crashes on the roads and a further 35 between 2007 and 2011, 49 per cent of which involved a motorcyclist.

In 2005, a 1,000 signature petition calling for a lower speed limit was handed to County Hall and in 2007 the section of road through Stalmine was reduced to 30mph.

Stalmine parish councillor June Jackson said: “There’s a lot of accidents on the stretch mainly because of the junctions with people joining and leaving the road and people travelling at high speed.

“The road would be better and more sensible as a 40mph road.”

Terry Godbert, chairman of Blackpool and Fylde Advanced Motorists, said incidents would be reduced if drivers obeyed the speed limit.

He said: “On a road like that people need to take great care on it. What they tend to forget is the road is only as safe as the people who drive on it.”

Paul Binks, Lancashire County Council’s road safety manager, said: “We have introduced a number of improvements on the A588 over the past few years and these have helped to reduce accidents.

“We are continuing to work closely with Lancashire Police and will be carrying out further enforcement on this road as part of the Community Roadwatch Scheme.”

The road has been the subject of much controversy and featured on a BBC documentary in 2011 about Britain’s most dangerous roads.

Dr Steve Lawson, director of the Road Safety Foundation, said: “The specification authorities currently set road managers is to reduce crash rates in general.

“That approach is too weak and must be replaced, because it muddles factors over which road managers have no control - such as car safety, hospital care and traffic levels - with factors very definitely under their control such as roadside safety barriers or junction layouts.”