Councillor demands action on parked cars blocking traffic leaving a busy retail park
A new look road junction to solve traffic problems outside a busy retail park has been slammed as “an accident waiting to happen”.
At the times we’ve carried out observations we haven’t seen cars parked on this part Blackpool Road, or received complaints about there being a problem, and would be grateful if people could contact us with details if they’re aware of a potential issue
A city councillor has called for yellow lines on a stretch of Blackpool Road, in Preston, to rid the area of parked cars which he claims are a danger to traffic leaving Deepdale Shopping Park.
Coun Terry Cartwright, who represents the Deepdale Ward, said: “I’ve been asking the county council for parking restrictions for years there, but nothing has ever been done. What’s it going to take to get yellow lines on that stretch – someone getting badly injured, or worse?”
Work to redesign the retail park junction was only completed four months ago. It came as part of a £16m extension to the shopping area.
Coun Cartwright agrees the new layout has improved the traffic flow, but he claims the introduction of two right-turning lanes for departing cars has caused numerous near-misses due to residents blocking the inside lane by parking outside their homes.
His concern is shared by pensioner Gerry Downes, who lives in nearby Ringwood Road. “It’s absolutely ridiculous,” he said. “Drivers turning right as they come out of the shopping park are blocked by vehicles parking along Blackpool Road. It’s dangerous.
“Do they want to see someone killed there before they do anything? There’s a large fire station on that stretch and the crews sometimes struggle to get through because the road is jammed. It’s the same with ambulances.”
Coun Cartwright added: “I’ve seen residents parking on the road instead of using their driveways,” he said. “And it’s not just cars, it’s also large vans. It’s an accident waiting to happen.”
John Gatheral, LCC’s highways design manager, said: “We have been keeping an eye on traffic movements at the remodelled junction which was improved due to funding from the developer of the retail park.
“At the times we’ve carried out observations we haven’t seen cars parked on this part Blackpool Road, or received complaints about there being a problem, and would be grateful if people could contact us with details if they’re aware of a potential issue.”