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Review of safety after fatal smash

A safety review of a notorious accident blackspot has been launched following the death of a Bamber Bridge man.

A safety review of a notorious accident blackspot has been launched following the death of a Bamber Bridge man.

A safety review of a notorious accident blackspot has been launched following the death of a Bamber Bridge man.

Jamie Dickson, 35, died following a horrific crash on a bend on the A674 Preston Old Road at Feniscowles in October.

Mr Dickson was travelling with his friend, Kevin Evans , 34, from Blackburn, who also died following the smash.

Now council bosses in Blackburn have said they will review safety on the stretch of road.

The issue of safety on the road was raised at a Blackburn and Darwen Council meeting.

The council heard that a review on the road would be taken with a report due next year.

Coun John Pearson raised the issue.

He said: “I raised it at the council forum. We have an executive system in Blackburn and I raised it with the executive member for regeneration who looks after highways.

“At least one of my constituents had complained about the number of accidents on this stretch of road and said that the council needed to do something to prevent the number of accidents.”

Coun Pearson said he doesn’t know what would be done exactly to tackle to blackspot.

He said: “In terms of physical matter I don’t really know, I am not an expert in road safety but there has been a series of serious accidents - including a double fatality - that is serious it really is serious.”

Coun Dave Harling, executive member for regeneration, said: “We’ve already taken safety measures on that stretch of road and the speed limit there is 30 mph for safety reasons.

“But there is still some concern among residents in light of recent events so I have agreed to review safety there.

“We hold an annual review to see which roads in the borough need to be included in the casualty reduction programme and we will include this stretch of road in the annual review.”

Christine Cooke, whose home is close to the bend where the accident happened, welcomed the news of the review. She said: “It needs something to get people to bring their speed down.”

 

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