A COUNCILLOR has called for action on a ‘dangerous’ road where a pensioner was killed just weeks ago.
Great Harwood councillor Noordad Aziz has written to highways chiefs demanding measures for Blackburn Road in the town.
Elizabeth Saynor, who was known as Betty, was hit by a Renault Clio while crossing the road to go to church on January 13.
The 87-year-old suffered a serious head injury and was taken to Royal Preston Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
Now, Cllr Aziz has written to Lancashire County Council asking for measures to be introduced.
He said: “This has been an ongoing issue for a number of years.
“The whole of Blackburn Road is cause for concern given the number of people who use it to get to church.
“There is an intersection of different roads which is the problem.
“Lancashire County Council did not want to take any action and unfortunately three weeks ago Betty lost her life.
“I have asked the roads cabinet member to come down to the road to see the problem the road presents. It needs an overhaul and there are two schools nearby - Great Harwood Primary School and St Wulstan’s - and the kids have to cross the road.
“It is dangerous and people who walk on the road know about it.
“I am hoping something will happen there as there have been five or six incidents including Betty’s case in the last two years.”
Cllr Keith Iddon from Lancashire County Council has replied to Cllr Aziz’s letter and said that ‘there may be justification for further intervention’.
Cllr Aziz added: “The safety of residents and pedestrians trying to use this road is paramount.
“This is the main route into the town and there are sections of the road where people can get up to a significant speed.
“I would like to see the road being re-modelled with more safety measures.
“If they could put a mini-roundabout on certain sections of the road then it would mean that they would have to slow down.”
Cllr Iddon added: “We have put Blackburn Road for possible inclusion in a future road safety scheme.
“Officers will consider any alternative traffic calming measures such as raised junction tables, in more detail as part of any possible future scheme.”