Residents appeal to MP

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RESIDENTS living near an accident blackspot in Lancaster have called on MP Eric Ollerenshaw to support their bid to have safety measures installed.

The meeting followed a serious accident in Ashton Road on April 29 which left a 19-year-old man in a coma.

The teenager, who has not been named by police, was driving a Rover which crashed into several parked cars on the notorious stretch of road on the railway bridge near Ripley St Thomas High School.

He is now out of a coma and recovering from serious spinal and facial injuries in Royal Preston Hospital.

Highways officials are to look at the accident report to assess whether anything can be done to prevent similar incidents.

Residents organised a meeting with Mr Ollerenshaw and ward councillors Sheila Denwood, Josh Bancroft and Chris Coates last week.

Marie Roberts and her husband Stephen, who assisted at the accident scene, have been campaigning since 2001.

“We have looked at various options for safety measures in the area,” said Mrs Roberts, who has an eight-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son. “We have put together photos of the main crashes and the evidence of accidents over the years.

See the Lancaster Guardian (02-06-11) for full story.