Box junction added in hope of ending congestion woes

New box junction on Clifton Drive South, St Annes at its junction with Wood Street
New box junction on Clifton Drive South, St Annes at its junction with Wood Street
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A new feature at a problem junction has been welcomed – with the hope that it will cut down congestion and improve road safety.

Traders and civic chiefs have long been campaigning for some way to ease the problems caused at certain times of the day by vehicles queuing to access the car park at the junction of Clifton Drive South and Wood Street in St Annes.

A box junction, long proposed as a potential solution, has been introduced to the problem area – and leading campaigner Coun Barbara Mackenzie, a town councillor and former mayor of St Annes, is hopeful it will make a difference.

“It’s very welcome and we hope it will cut out the major problem of the junction with Wood Street being blocked when traffic from Clifton Drive South is queuing to get onto the car park,” she said.

“It can be very dangerous there for motorists and pedestrians at times and it’s important everything possible is done to tackle to congestion and make the area as safe as possible.”

John Moxham, chairman of St Annes Chamber of Trade, added: “It is sad that it is needed because the congestion in that area is only really caused by the thoughtlessness of motorists but it has been crying out for a box and we hope it will ease the situation.

“It is good that that area is busy but it is important that the road is safe and now the box is there, we hope the rules are enforced.”