New homes plan for ‘third most dangerous road in UK’

The A588 between Lancaster and Blackpool.
The A588 between Lancaster and Blackpool.

Up to 25 new homes could be built on an 18-mile stretch of road at Cockerham which has been named in the top three most persistently dangerous highways in Britain.

The section of the A588 between Lancaster and Blackpool was listed third in a report by the Road Safety Foundation.

There were 22 incidents in 2008-10, and 26 in 2011-13.

Some 42 per cent of accidents in the latter period involved vehicles veering off the road, while 50 per cent occurred at junctions.

But a planning application for up to 25 new homes off the road is set for approval by city councillors on Monday, despite residents’ concerns over safety.

One Cockerham resident, who did not wish to be named, has lived on the stretch of road for almost eight years.

She said: “Residents have got huge concerns. Living on that road you see and hear a lot of vehicles picking up speed as they come through Cockerham. They are dangerously overtaking and reaching 60mph in a 40mph zone which changes to 30mph.

“A lot of the incidents involve motorbikes which we see speeding along there a lot, particularly in summer. I have got two young children and I have to walk along that road to the village and the school.”

Cockerham Parish Council has raised objections to the housing scheme, which city council officers have recommended for approval by the planning committee.

The resident added: “Highways have now said that the proposed access is acceptable, just because the applicant has moved the access 20m further away from the village. Visibility may be better at this point but compliance with speed limits are worse as the vehicles and motor cyclists pick up significant speed as they enter the national speed limit zone.

“This report backs up what residents have been saying ever since the plans were submitted last year.”