Previous accident at the Burned House Lane junction
Previous accident at the Burned House Lane junction

How many near misses, how many shaken drivers, how many buses – and now how many police vehicles need to fly across the Burned House Lane junction in Preesall without stopping, before Lancashire Highways does something to alleviate the danger?

CCTV footage is being regularly uploaded to Facebook from the local garage, of vehicles speeding across the junction – the latest being a police car.

On May 7, I once again wrote to Phil Durnell, the Director of Lancashire County Council Highways Department raising my concerns.

In my email I wrote:

“You will no doubt have been made aware that there continues to be dangerous near misses on the Burned House Lane junction in Preesall.

I have drawn this to the attention of the Highways Department on numerous occasions now, as I am very concerned that before long someone will tragically, and unnecessarily, be killed. The road surface is in unacceptably poor condition and the road markings and signage is clearly not fit for purpose.

I have most recently been contacted by a father of two young boys who was very shaken after his car narrowly missed being hit  – his young sons were in the car at the time and he believes that a second later and all would have died.

Given the current circumstances and the pressures on the emergency services, any closure of this junction would cause enormous upheaval for first responders, paramedics and police were a collision to take place.

Would you please advise on what immediate measures can be taken to improve the safety of this junction and the many road users who rely on this junction to access the villages of Over Wyre.”

I received an acknowledgement from LCC on May 11 but I’m still waiting for a reply. Enough is enough. Something has to be done.

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