A CYCLE lane and double yellow lines described as ‘insane’ have been removed from two Blackburn streets after residents complained.

Workmen could be seen removing the lines to the delight of residents who had said they not been consulted when the markings were installed.

Double yellow lines were removed from Higher Witton Road and the junction at the end of Rolleston Road has been restored to its former set-up.

A section of the cycle lane on Wensley Road has also gone and a ‘confusing junction’ painted outside the Lion Hotel Pub has also gone after it was highlighted in the Lancashire Telegraph.

The markings outside businesses opposite Imran’s Tandoori on Wensley Road remain.

The markings which appeared last month meant that residents would have had to park vehicles on the pavement on double yellow lines – but only at designated times.

On the opposite side, a ‘walking and cycle’ route had been painted meaning residents were no longer permitted to park there.

People spoke out claiming the route was not used by cyclists and parking was already at a premium on the streets with many homeowners having to park on side streets.

Blackburn with Darwen Council had announced funding of £77,000 from the Department for Transport’s Emergency Active Travel Fund aimed at helping local authorities make roads safer for cyclists and walkers. During phase one, a permanent safe walking and cycling route from Witton Park to Blackburn town centre will be created.

Tracy Johnson, who has run the Wensley Road Launderette for 27 years, had said the markings would kill her business. She was delighted with the U-turn. She said: “You can’t complain when they listen. They have changed it to what it was before. I am lot happier.”

A resident of Higher Witton Road said: “We had a meeting concerning this but didn’t think anything would come of it. Everybody along here was unhappy as it affected their parking.

“I am glad it has been changed to what it was.”

A Blackburn with Darwen council spokesman said: “Following consultation on the new scheme we are now starting the changes agreed and requested by the residents and ward councillors. We have taken the decision to suspend the proposed cycleway and the works taking place are returning the parking restrictions and lining.”