Blackburn residents call for zebra crossing after accident

A flashback to a crash at the scene

A flashback to a crash at the scene

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

RESIDENTS on a Shear Brow street are calling on Blackburn with Darwen Council to install a zebra crossing, amid concerns over road safety.

Parents said children are turning up late to school because it takes them so long to cross East Park Road, and fears for the safety of people who live nearby are growing, as cars are regularly travelling along the road at high speeds.

In February, homes in East Park Road were evacuated after a car being pursued by police smashed into a wall, hit a gas main and caused a major leak, and a wall was damaged in another crash just weeks ago.

Community leader Hussain Akhtar said: “I’m worried, I’m appealing for them to do something.

“Parents have been waiting for a very long time to cross, children are being late to school because they have to wait a long time to cross.

“People cross the road a lot, to get to work, to get to the shopping centre. We’re not going to wait for someone to die there before they do anything.

“They go like Knight Rider down the road, it’s not safe for children.

“There have been two accidents in the last month. We’re just glad no children were there at the time.”

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Mr Akhtar said there was no crossing on East Park Road, but residents have suggested several suitable locations for one.

Simon Butt, head of Highways for Blackburn with Darwen Council, said “We are not aware of any requests received for a pedestrian crossing facility on East Park Road.

“If we were made aware of specific locations of concern on East Park Road, a pedestrian count and traffic survey would need to be undertaken to see if a pedestrian crossing could be justified.

“It should be noted that East Park Road does not have a history of pedestrian injury accidents, so there are no plans to install a crossing at this location.

“With limited funding available for such schemes, budgets must be prioritised to alleviate those areas of the road network where injuries to road users are already occurring.”

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9:41am Fri 16 May 14

MHGBUK says...

Never been a problem before.
Never been a problem before. MHGBUK
  • Score: 22

10:35am Fri 16 May 14

saf mo says...

Need young professional educated people looking after the Shearbrow ward, same old tired looking faces. Vote for a change vote
CONSERVATiVE (Irfan Bala Patel MAAMU).
Need young professional educated people looking after the Shearbrow ward, same old tired looking faces. Vote for a change vote CONSERVATiVE (Irfan Bala Patel MAAMU). saf mo
  • Score: -22

11:28am Fri 16 May 14

spongebob74 says...

Same problem on many roads in Darwen and Blackburn. Shall we put a crossing on every road?
Same problem on many roads in Darwen and Blackburn. Shall we put a crossing on every road? spongebob74
  • Score: 21

12:15pm Fri 16 May 14

ikap22 says...

saf mo wrote:
Need young professional educated people looking after the Shearbrow ward, same old tired looking faces. Vote for a change vote
CONSERVATiVE (Irfan Bala Patel MAAMU).
Irfan bala patel, yes vote for him! So he can buy himself a big house and and a nice 4x4, jus like few other's have done previously.
[quote][p][bold]saf mo[/bold] wrote: Need young professional educated people looking after the Shearbrow ward, same old tired looking faces. Vote for a change vote CONSERVATiVE (Irfan Bala Patel MAAMU).[/p][/quote]Irfan bala patel, yes vote for him! So he can buy himself a big house and and a nice 4x4, jus like few other's have done previously. ikap22
  • Score: 25

12:25pm Fri 16 May 14

Ex-Darrener says...

What on earth is 'a Shear Brow street' and what has the LT come to reporting local news in bizarre terms. I went to St Mary's College as a lad and there were two ways up there from town - Shear Brow on foot or East Park Road by bus. Shear Brow was a road long before it was a local council ward. To refer to such a prominent route as East Park Road in such a way just sounds weird.
What on earth is 'a Shear Brow street' and what has the LT come to reporting local news in bizarre terms. I went to St Mary's College as a lad and there were two ways up there from town - Shear Brow on foot or East Park Road by bus. Shear Brow was a road long before it was a local council ward. To refer to such a prominent route as East Park Road in such a way just sounds weird. Ex-Darrener
  • Score: 10

1:30pm Fri 16 May 14

rudis_dad says...

“It should be noted that East Park Road does not have a history of pedestrian injury accidents, so there are no plans to install a crossing at this location. "

Yes precisely - so in line with LCC, Blackburn with Darwen Councila re waiting for someone to be killed or injured before they'll do something. Way to save money, dingbats...
“It should be noted that East Park Road does not have a history of pedestrian injury accidents, so there are no plans to install a crossing at this location. " Yes precisely - so in line with LCC, Blackburn with Darwen Councila re waiting for someone to be killed or injured before they'll do something. Way to save money, dingbats... rudis_dad
  • Score: -2

3:07pm Fri 16 May 14

sugar is sweet says...

Mr akhtar and the local labour party trying to 'win' votes just before the local election.
Now that's a surprise!
I say, must try harder!
Mr akhtar and the local labour party trying to 'win' votes just before the local election. Now that's a surprise! I say, must try harder! sugar is sweet
  • Score: 19

4:43pm Fri 16 May 14

Pyewacket2 says...

If speeding cars are such a problem, and there is a history of accidents etc why not install speed cameras, or deploy hand held devices.
If speeding cars are such a problem, and there is a history of accidents etc why not install speed cameras, or deploy hand held devices. Pyewacket2
  • Score: 6

5:59pm Fri 16 May 14

onsidecobra says...

What actually is a 'Community Leader'?
What actually is a 'Community Leader'? onsidecobra
  • Score: 9

6:30pm Fri 16 May 14

s_smith says...

rudis_dad wrote:
“It should be noted that East Park Road does not have a history of pedestrian injury accidents, so there are no plans to install a crossing at this location. "

Yes precisely - so in line with LCC, Blackburn with Darwen Councila re waiting for someone to be killed or injured before they'll do something. Way to save money, dingbats...
I think what theyre trying to say - and a point you seemingly missed entirely - is that there is a limited pot of money, which gets spent on places where people are ALREADY being injured for whatever reason.

So, actually, yes they are saving money, because they're spending the money in places that need it to reduce injuries that are already happening - and not on pointless bee-in-their-bonnet campaigns like this one where no-one has yet been injured and are no more likely to be than any other road in town.
[quote][p][bold]rudis_dad[/bold] wrote: “It should be noted that East Park Road does not have a history of pedestrian injury accidents, so there are no plans to install a crossing at this location. " Yes precisely - so in line with LCC, Blackburn with Darwen Councila re waiting for someone to be killed or injured before they'll do something. Way to save money, dingbats...[/p][/quote]I think what theyre trying to say - and a point you seemingly missed entirely - is that there is a limited pot of money, which gets spent on places where people are ALREADY being injured for whatever reason. So, actually, yes they are saving money, because they're spending the money in places that need it to reduce injuries that are already happening - and not on pointless bee-in-their-bonnet campaigns like this one where no-one has yet been injured and are no more likely to be than any other road in town. s_smith
  • Score: 9

10:14pm Fri 16 May 14

council intern says...

saf mo wrote:
Need young professional educated people looking after the Shearbrow ward, same old tired looking faces. Vote for a change vote
CONSERVATiVE (Irfan Bala Patel MAAMU).
Young, professional and educated, that's councillor Akhtar to a tee.
[quote][p][bold]saf mo[/bold] wrote: Need young professional educated people looking after the Shearbrow ward, same old tired looking faces. Vote for a change vote CONSERVATiVE (Irfan Bala Patel MAAMU).[/p][/quote]Young, professional and educated, that's councillor Akhtar to a tee. council intern
  • Score: 7

8:30am Sat 17 May 14

keybo5 says...

Let them put a zebra crossing in,the locals will just park illegally in the zig-zag markings like they do outside St. Marys college.The problem on East Park Rd and Shear Brow is down to the amount of cars there are parked either side of the road reducing the road to a single lane.Also the terrible standard of driving in that area by the locals contributes to the problems for pedestrians and other motorists.
Let them put a zebra crossing in,the locals will just park illegally in the zig-zag markings like they do outside St. Marys college.The problem on East Park Rd and Shear Brow is down to the amount of cars there are parked either side of the road reducing the road to a single lane.Also the terrible standard of driving in that area by the locals contributes to the problems for pedestrians and other motorists. keybo5
  • Score: 14

10:31am Sat 17 May 14

kettle72 says...

onsidecobra wrote:
What actually is a 'Community Leader'?
In the Asian community,
a person who pretends to care, but in reality their only interest is a personal power trip and lining their own pockets at the expense of the community.
[quote][p][bold]onsidecobra[/bold] wrote: What actually is a 'Community Leader'?[/p][/quote]In the Asian community, a person who pretends to care, but in reality their only interest is a personal power trip and lining their own pockets at the expense of the community. kettle72
  • Score: 20

10:49am Sat 17 May 14

Reasons says...

When they allow the amount of Madressas in a built up area you will get the traffic increase no matter how the owners of these madressa say people will come on foot ..They Don't- Hence traffic increase in side streets spilling onto main roads .Educate the drivers and look at parking issues when planning these schools .They are not traveling into town and the footfall is increased in evenings not daytime
When they allow the amount of Madressas in a built up area you will get the traffic increase no matter how the owners of these madressa say people will come on foot ..They Don't- Hence traffic increase in side streets spilling onto main roads .Educate the drivers and look at parking issues when planning these schools .They are not traveling into town and the footfall is increased in evenings not daytime Reasons
  • Score: 6

2:12pm Sat 17 May 14

sen c b l says...

onsidecobra wrote:
What actually is a 'Community Leader'?
A puppet!
[quote][p][bold]onsidecobra[/bold] wrote: What actually is a 'Community Leader'?[/p][/quote]A puppet! sen c b l
  • Score: 9

4:13pm Sat 17 May 14

flickyleg says...

I can understand why someone would want a crossing to help out the pedestrians, but using speeding drivers as a reason to have one is not a valid reason. Speeding drivers do not respect the law or the limits, so what makes you think they would slow down for a crossing?
I can understand why someone would want a crossing to help out the pedestrians, but using speeding drivers as a reason to have one is not a valid reason. Speeding drivers do not respect the law or the limits, so what makes you think they would slow down for a crossing? flickyleg
  • Score: 4

9:19pm Sat 17 May 14

ex corrupt councillor says...

What ever happened to shear brow labour councillor, (community leader)
Solly the ' SLIME ' Khonat.
I hear he can get you a zebra crossing or two with a lamppost and bin thrown in, If the right boxes are ticked with the appropriate 'fees' paid.
What ever happened to shear brow labour councillor, (community leader) Solly the ' SLIME ' Khonat. I hear he can get you a zebra crossing or two with a lamppost and bin thrown in, If the right boxes are ticked with the appropriate 'fees' paid. ex corrupt councillor
  • Score: 5

8:41am Sun 18 May 14

woolywords says...

ex corrupt councillor wrote:
What ever happened to shear brow labour councillor, (community leader)
Solly the ' SLIME ' Khonat.
I hear he can get you a zebra crossing or two with a lamppost and bin thrown in, If the right boxes are ticked with the appropriate 'fees' paid.
It was stated, in this paper, that he doesn't want to stand next time but, that said, his wife is seeking election, as she feels that Asian women aren't represented in the local party politic.
Of course, only the cynical amongst us would think that she is going to the job according to her opinion and not what her husband tells her to do.
[quote][p][bold]ex corrupt councillor[/bold] wrote: What ever happened to shear brow labour councillor, (community leader) Solly the ' SLIME ' Khonat. I hear he can get you a zebra crossing or two with a lamppost and bin thrown in, If the right boxes are ticked with the appropriate 'fees' paid.[/p][/quote]It was stated, in this paper, that he doesn't want to stand next time but, that said, his wife is seeking election, as she feels that Asian women aren't represented in the local party politic. Of course, only the cynical amongst us would think that she is going to the job according to her opinion and not what her husband tells her to do. woolywords
  • Score: 2

8:45am Sun 18 May 14

woolywords says...

onsidecobra wrote:
What actually is a 'Community Leader'?
I'm surprised that you haven't heard of Mr Khan, the Community Leader, everybody knows him!
[quote][p][bold]onsidecobra[/bold] wrote: What actually is a 'Community Leader'?[/p][/quote]I'm surprised that you haven't heard of Mr Khan, the Community Leader, everybody knows him! woolywords
  • Score: 0

8:28am Mon 19 May 14

woolywords says...

Why not do something for yourself, for once, that doesn't cost the rest of us?
Organise your own school crossing patrols? It's hardly rocket science, is it?
Why not do something for yourself, for once, that doesn't cost the rest of us? Organise your own school crossing patrols? It's hardly rocket science, is it? woolywords
  • Score: 4

2:47pm Mon 19 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

sen c b l wrote:
onsidecobra wrote:
What actually is a 'Community Leader'?
A puppet!
who pulls there own strings in the pretence they are community spirited
[quote][p][bold]sen c b l[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]onsidecobra[/bold] wrote: What actually is a 'Community Leader'?[/p][/quote]A puppet![/p][/quote]who pulls there own strings in the pretence they are community spirited ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 3

2:50pm Mon 19 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

ex corrupt councillor wrote:
What ever happened to shear brow labour councillor, (community leader)
Solly the ' SLIME ' Khonat.
I hear he can get you a zebra crossing or two with a lamppost and bin thrown in, If the right boxes are ticked with the appropriate 'fees' paid.
according to last weeks LT he seems to prefer wandering around the town centre where there are more publicity opportunities in order to keep himself on the gravy train
[quote][p][bold]ex corrupt councillor[/bold] wrote: What ever happened to shear brow labour councillor, (community leader) Solly the ' SLIME ' Khonat. I hear he can get you a zebra crossing or two with a lamppost and bin thrown in, If the right boxes are ticked with the appropriate 'fees' paid.[/p][/quote]according to last weeks LT he seems to prefer wandering around the town centre where there are more publicity opportunities in order to keep himself on the gravy train ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 3

2:52pm Mon 19 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

woolywords wrote:
ex corrupt councillor wrote:
What ever happened to shear brow labour councillor, (community leader)
Solly the ' SLIME ' Khonat.
I hear he can get you a zebra crossing or two with a lamppost and bin thrown in, If the right boxes are ticked with the appropriate 'fees' paid.
It was stated, in this paper, that he doesn't want to stand next time but, that said, his wife is seeking election, as she feels that Asian women aren't represented in the local party politic.
Of course, only the cynical amongst us would think that she is going to the job according to her opinion and not what her husband tells her to do.
Probably a PUPPET IN THE MAKING !!!!
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ex corrupt councillor[/bold] wrote: What ever happened to shear brow labour councillor, (community leader) Solly the ' SLIME ' Khonat. I hear he can get you a zebra crossing or two with a lamppost and bin thrown in, If the right boxes are ticked with the appropriate 'fees' paid.[/p][/quote]It was stated, in this paper, that he doesn't want to stand next time but, that said, his wife is seeking election, as she feels that Asian women aren't represented in the local party politic. Of course, only the cynical amongst us would think that she is going to the job according to her opinion and not what her husband tells her to do.[/p][/quote]Probably a PUPPET IN THE MAKING !!!! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 4

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