Road concerns

Traffic on the narrow stretch of North Houses Lane crossing Marton Moss, scene of several accidents recently. PIC BY ROB LOCK
Traffic on the narrow stretch of North Houses Lane crossing Marton Moss, scene of several accidents recently. PIC BY ROB LOCK

ANGER is growing at van drivers flouting the law on a busy St Annes road.

North Houses Lane, known as Moss Road or Radar Road, is a single track well-known cut-through from St Annes to the M55.

Plans are in place for the narrow route to be re-developed as part of a new housing development nearby, but despite recent re-surfacing and numerous passing places, the constricted lane is not suitable for the vehicles using it, with police and one councillor saying enough is enough.

Vehicles using the road must be less than three tonnes in weight and less than six feet wide – ruling out vans – but in one hour, police, who have launched a crackdown on the road, caught eight drivers in an hour breaking the law.

Sgt Pete Beresford of Lancashire’s road policing unit said: “This road is not suitable for larger vehicles as there is not enough room for them to pass. It can cause vehicles to be forced off the road and we have recently had a spate of injury accidents were vehicles have left the carriageway.

“This clearly can be very dangerous.”

The safety of the Moss Road has long been a concern and is due to be completely rebuilt by Lancashire County Council, funded by Kensington Developments, set to build 1,150 homes off nearby Queensway.

However, work cannot start on the road until the development begins.

St Annes North County Coun Howard Henshaw has no doubts that accidents will continue to happen until a new Moss Road is built.

He said: “This is a problem that is going to continue.

“The other main road out of St Annes – Queensway – gets so congested that people are bound to use the Moss instead.

“There should be clear signs up saying no heavy traffic because any single track road is very dangerous and I’m surprised there aren’t more accidents.

“It goes without saying people shouldn’t be driving big transit vans down there but unfortunately some people are a law unto themselves.”