VIDEO: Pitch black M65 roundabout must be illuminated to avoid a potential tragedy

The M65 unlit at night

Accident victim Mark Burgess

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Crime reporter

A MOTORIST is calling for lights on a roundabout near the M65 to be fixed immediately to avoid a potential crash.

Stephen Bagwell, 50, said the area near the roundabout at junction eight at Accrington had been ‘pitch black’ for around six months meaning drivers could not see what was going on around them.

He wrote to Balfour Beatty, which maintains the stretch on behalf of the Highways Agency, and was told the problem was down to a ‘serious cable fault’. Mr Bagwell, who works on the Altham Industrial Estate, said: “It is really hard to see if two cars brake and then they speed up.

“It is supposed to be lit, but now when you come off the roundabout, it is hard to see.

“It is pitch black at night and it is dangerous.” Warehouse worker Mr Bagwell, who uses the road five times a week to travel to work from his home in Bury, received an email from Balfour Beatty after making a complaint about how dark the road was.

Customer care assistant Dianne Bate said in the reply: “We have identified a serious cable fault at this location that is affecting a number of lighting columns.” The Lancashire Telegraph launched its Turn The Lights On campaign following the death of Burnley-born Mark Burgess, 39, who was killed when he crashed his car on the motorway in November last year.

An investigation found Mr Burgess, of Abbey Village, was two-and-a-half times over the legal drink drive limit and his accident would not have been prevented had there been lights.

But Mr Singleton, senior coroner for Blackburn, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley, said those caught up in the ‘carnage’ after the incident would have had a chance of avoiding the debris if the lights were on.

The coroner wrote to the Highways Agency inviting bosses to reconsider their decision to turn off the lights.

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5:13pm Tue 22 Apr 14

POW WOW says...

I always and will continue to use full beam on this roundabout for my own safety without regards to others until they fix this so called "bump in the carpet".
I always and will continue to use full beam on this roundabout for my own safety without regards to others until they fix this so called "bump in the carpet". POW WOW
  • Score: -34

5:17pm Tue 22 Apr 14

bluewindow says...

POW WOW wrote:
I always and will continue to use full beam on this roundabout for my own safety without regards to others until they fix this so called "bump in the carpet".
Clown you're another danger on the road. Why can't these muppets drive on dark roads. If you can't do it properly without using your full beam you shouldn't be driving.
[quote][p][bold]POW WOW[/bold] wrote: I always and will continue to use full beam on this roundabout for my own safety without regards to others until they fix this so called "bump in the carpet".[/p][/quote]Clown you're another danger on the road. Why can't these muppets drive on dark roads. If you can't do it properly without using your full beam you shouldn't be driving. bluewindow
  • Score: 42

6:02pm Tue 22 Apr 14

wilddog says...

POW WOW wrote:
I always and will continue to use full beam on this roundabout for my own safety without regards to others until they fix this so called "bump in the carpet".
there are markers on a motorway indicating the turnoff is 300 yards ahead. The trick is to be in the 1st lane and indicate! People behind you can see this and allow the distance and time to either slow down or indicate and move into the 2nd lane. People like you cause accidents!
[quote][p][bold]POW WOW[/bold] wrote: I always and will continue to use full beam on this roundabout for my own safety without regards to others until they fix this so called "bump in the carpet".[/p][/quote]there are markers on a motorway indicating the turnoff is 300 yards ahead. The trick is to be in the 1st lane and indicate! People behind you can see this and allow the distance and time to either slow down or indicate and move into the 2nd lane. People like you cause accidents! wilddog
  • Score: 29

6:41pm Tue 22 Apr 14

POW WOW says...

bluewindow wrote:
POW WOW wrote:
I always and will continue to use full beam on this roundabout for my own safety without regards to others until they fix this so called "bump in the carpet".
Clown you're another danger on the road. Why can't these muppets drive on dark roads. If you can't do it properly without using your full beam you shouldn't be driving.
I bet u were the person who snapped poor Jack Straw at the wheel eaten a banana with your phone whilst driving !!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]bluewindow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]POW WOW[/bold] wrote: I always and will continue to use full beam on this roundabout for my own safety without regards to others until they fix this so called "bump in the carpet".[/p][/quote]Clown you're another danger on the road. Why can't these muppets drive on dark roads. If you can't do it properly without using your full beam you shouldn't be driving.[/p][/quote]I bet u were the person who snapped poor Jack Straw at the wheel eaten a banana with your phone whilst driving !!!!!!!! POW WOW
  • Score: -19

6:49pm Tue 22 Apr 14

supertrooper says...

Cars have been designed to be driven at night. Slow down and use your eyesight and your headlights! Expecting every road to be lit up, tut tut!
Cars have been designed to be driven at night. Slow down and use your eyesight and your headlights! Expecting every road to be lit up, tut tut! supertrooper
  • Score: 14

6:53pm Tue 22 Apr 14

bluewindow says...

POW WOW wrote:
bluewindow wrote:
POW WOW wrote:
I always and will continue to use full beam on this roundabout for my own safety without regards to others until they fix this so called "bump in the carpet".
Clown you're another danger on the road. Why can't these muppets drive on dark roads. If you can't do it properly without using your full beam you shouldn't be driving.
I bet u were the person who snapped poor Jack Straw at the wheel eaten a banana with your phone whilst driving !!!!!!!!
No because you numpty that is illegal you really are stupid.!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]POW WOW[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bluewindow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]POW WOW[/bold] wrote: I always and will continue to use full beam on this roundabout for my own safety without regards to others until they fix this so called "bump in the carpet".[/p][/quote]Clown you're another danger on the road. Why can't these muppets drive on dark roads. If you can't do it properly without using your full beam you shouldn't be driving.[/p][/quote]I bet u were the person who snapped poor Jack Straw at the wheel eaten a banana with your phone whilst driving !!!!!!!![/p][/quote]No because you numpty that is illegal you really are stupid.!!!!!!! bluewindow
  • Score: 13

7:41pm Tue 22 Apr 14

useyourhead says...

Has this guy checked his bulbs recently because any driver who deserves to drive can negotiate any road in the country, lit or unlit, if the appropriate speed, headlights and attention are used, I just think he is angry cos he has to think a bit more on that bit of road....... and is that necessarily a bad thing?
Has this guy checked his bulbs recently because any driver who deserves to drive can negotiate any road in the country, lit or unlit, if the appropriate speed, headlights and attention are used, I just think he is angry cos he has to think a bit more on that bit of road....... and is that necessarily a bad thing? useyourhead
  • Score: 17

8:18pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Darwenbert says...

There are thousands of miles of unlit roads and folk have always managed plus today's vehicles have far superior headlamps compared to what we had twenty odd years ago.
There are thousands of miles of unlit roads and folk have always managed plus today's vehicles have far superior headlamps compared to what we had twenty odd years ago. Darwenbert
  • Score: 19

8:31pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Steven Seagull says...

POW WOW wrote:
bluewindow wrote:
POW WOW wrote:
I always and will continue to use full beam on this roundabout for my own safety without regards to others until they fix this so called "bump in the carpet".
Clown you're another danger on the road. Why can't these muppets drive on dark roads. If you can't do it properly without using your full beam you shouldn't be driving.
I bet u were the person who snapped poor Jack Straw at the wheel eaten a banana with your phone whilst driving !!!!!!!!
Best keep quiet mate, you're making yourself look very stupid.
[quote][p][bold]POW WOW[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bluewindow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]POW WOW[/bold] wrote: I always and will continue to use full beam on this roundabout for my own safety without regards to others until they fix this so called "bump in the carpet".[/p][/quote]Clown you're another danger on the road. Why can't these muppets drive on dark roads. If you can't do it properly without using your full beam you shouldn't be driving.[/p][/quote]I bet u were the person who snapped poor Jack Straw at the wheel eaten a banana with your phone whilst driving !!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Best keep quiet mate, you're making yourself look very stupid. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 13

8:53pm Tue 22 Apr 14

happycyclist says...

Well, Stephen Bagwell, if you can't see, then perhaps you should consider whether you're fit to be driving at all. Get off the motorway and do everyone a favour.
Well, Stephen Bagwell, if you can't see, then perhaps you should consider whether you're fit to be driving at all. Get off the motorway and do everyone a favour. happycyclist
  • Score: 13

10:35pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Nikon fan says...

Words fail me on this one. I use my eyes and normal car lights while driving in the dark. Easy.
Words fail me on this one. I use my eyes and normal car lights while driving in the dark. Easy. Nikon fan
  • Score: 17

11:01pm Tue 22 Apr 14

M.DANNY says...

Are we in Third World every motorways lights turned off ? A safe motorways are with lights on not off.
Large roundabouts should have lights on not off.If there was an accident and debris all over dark motorways the motorist might not see the debris on the road or an accident ahead ?
Britain is a small island country with a very small motorway network of just 3.519km compared to eg
China has 96.200km of motorways
USA has 76,334km of motorways
India has 21,181km of motorways
Canada has 17,000km of motorways
Spain has 15,152km of motorways
Germany has 12,800km of motorways
France has 11,100km of motorways
Japan has 7.803km of motorways
Italy has 6,300 km of motorways.
Britain is one of the richest country in the world with seventh largest economy in the world, turning motorway lights off is just just to save few millions is just ludicrous policy .
Are we in Third World every motorways lights turned off ? A safe motorways are with lights on not off. Large roundabouts should have lights on not off.If there was an accident and debris all over dark motorways the motorist might not see the debris on the road or an accident ahead ? Britain is a small island country with a very small motorway network of just 3.519km compared to eg China has 96.200km of motorways USA has 76,334km of motorways India has 21,181km of motorways Canada has 17,000km of motorways Spain has 15,152km of motorways Germany has 12,800km of motorways France has 11,100km of motorways Japan has 7.803km of motorways Italy has 6,300 km of motorways. Britain is one of the richest country in the world with seventh largest economy in the world, turning motorway lights off is just just to save few millions is just ludicrous policy . M.DANNY
  • Score: 5

12:42am Wed 23 Apr 14

wilddog says...

M.DANNY wrote:
Are we in Third World every motorways lights turned off ? A safe motorways are with lights on not off.
Large roundabouts should have lights on not off.If there was an accident and debris all over dark motorways the motorist might not see the debris on the road or an accident ahead ?
Britain is a small island country with a very small motorway network of just 3.519km compared to eg
China has 96.200km of motorways
USA has 76,334km of motorways
India has 21,181km of motorways
Canada has 17,000km of motorways
Spain has 15,152km of motorways
Germany has 12,800km of motorways
France has 11,100km of motorways
Japan has 7.803km of motorways
Italy has 6,300 km of motorways.
Britain is one of the richest country in the world with seventh largest economy in the world, turning motorway lights off is just just to save few millions is just ludicrous policy .
Hello. they are off! sod the 7th richest country in the world! How does that make up for driving like an idiot?
[quote][p][bold]M.DANNY[/bold] wrote: Are we in Third World every motorways lights turned off ? A safe motorways are with lights on not off. Large roundabouts should have lights on not off.If there was an accident and debris all over dark motorways the motorist might not see the debris on the road or an accident ahead ? Britain is a small island country with a very small motorway network of just 3.519km compared to eg China has 96.200km of motorways USA has 76,334km of motorways India has 21,181km of motorways Canada has 17,000km of motorways Spain has 15,152km of motorways Germany has 12,800km of motorways France has 11,100km of motorways Japan has 7.803km of motorways Italy has 6,300 km of motorways. Britain is one of the richest country in the world with seventh largest economy in the world, turning motorway lights off is just just to save few millions is just ludicrous policy .[/p][/quote]Hello. they are off! sod the 7th richest country in the world! How does that make up for driving like an idiot? wilddog
  • Score: 9

7:45am Wed 23 Apr 14

bluewindow says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
POW WOW wrote:
bluewindow wrote:
POW WOW wrote:
I always and will continue to use full beam on this roundabout for my own safety without regards to others until they fix this so called "bump in the carpet".
Clown you're another danger on the road. Why can't these muppets drive on dark roads. If you can't do it properly without using your full beam you shouldn't be driving.
I bet u were the person who snapped poor Jack Straw at the wheel eaten a banana with your phone whilst driving !!!!!!!!
Best keep quiet mate, you're making yourself look very stupid.
Tell me how o mighty 1?
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]POW WOW[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bluewindow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]POW WOW[/bold] wrote: I always and will continue to use full beam on this roundabout for my own safety without regards to others until they fix this so called "bump in the carpet".[/p][/quote]Clown you're another danger on the road. Why can't these muppets drive on dark roads. If you can't do it properly without using your full beam you shouldn't be driving.[/p][/quote]I bet u were the person who snapped poor Jack Straw at the wheel eaten a banana with your phone whilst driving !!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Best keep quiet mate, you're making yourself look very stupid.[/p][/quote]Tell me how o mighty 1? bluewindow
  • Score: -4

9:18am Wed 23 Apr 14

Steven Seagull says...

M.DANNY wrote:
Are we in Third World every motorways lights turned off ? A safe motorways are with lights on not off.
Large roundabouts should have lights on not off.If there was an accident and debris all over dark motorways the motorist might not see the debris on the road or an accident ahead ?
Britain is a small island country with a very small motorway network of just 3.519km compared to eg
China has 96.200km of motorways
USA has 76,334km of motorways
India has 21,181km of motorways
Canada has 17,000km of motorways
Spain has 15,152km of motorways
Germany has 12,800km of motorways
France has 11,100km of motorways
Japan has 7.803km of motorways
Italy has 6,300 km of motorways.
Britain is one of the richest country in the world with seventh largest economy in the world, turning motorway lights off is just just to save few millions is just ludicrous policy .
You need to get out more.....or maybe a girlfriend.
[quote][p][bold]M.DANNY[/bold] wrote: Are we in Third World every motorways lights turned off ? A safe motorways are with lights on not off. Large roundabouts should have lights on not off.If there was an accident and debris all over dark motorways the motorist might not see the debris on the road or an accident ahead ? Britain is a small island country with a very small motorway network of just 3.519km compared to eg China has 96.200km of motorways USA has 76,334km of motorways India has 21,181km of motorways Canada has 17,000km of motorways Spain has 15,152km of motorways Germany has 12,800km of motorways France has 11,100km of motorways Japan has 7.803km of motorways Italy has 6,300 km of motorways. Britain is one of the richest country in the world with seventh largest economy in the world, turning motorway lights off is just just to save few millions is just ludicrous policy .[/p][/quote]You need to get out more.....or maybe a girlfriend. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 6

9:20am Wed 23 Apr 14

Steven Seagull says...

bluewindow wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
POW WOW wrote:
bluewindow wrote:
POW WOW wrote:
I always and will continue to use full beam on this roundabout for my own safety without regards to others until they fix this so called "bump in the carpet".
Clown you're another danger on the road. Why can't these muppets drive on dark roads. If you can't do it properly without using your full beam you shouldn't be driving.
I bet u were the person who snapped poor Jack Straw at the wheel eaten a banana with your phone whilst driving !!!!!!!!
Best keep quiet mate, you're making yourself look very stupid.
Tell me how o mighty 1?
I was referring to that plonker POW WOW.
[quote][p][bold]bluewindow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]POW WOW[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bluewindow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]POW WOW[/bold] wrote: I always and will continue to use full beam on this roundabout for my own safety without regards to others until they fix this so called "bump in the carpet".[/p][/quote]Clown you're another danger on the road. Why can't these muppets drive on dark roads. If you can't do it properly without using your full beam you shouldn't be driving.[/p][/quote]I bet u were the person who snapped poor Jack Straw at the wheel eaten a banana with your phone whilst driving !!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Best keep quiet mate, you're making yourself look very stupid.[/p][/quote]Tell me how o mighty 1?[/p][/quote]I was referring to that plonker POW WOW. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 5

9:21am Wed 23 Apr 14

shirtbox says...

All motorways should be lit up during the hours of darkness due to the high speeds and the mentality of drivers not expecting anything to be in front of them,this in the long run saves money by not having to use emergency services as much.
All motorways should be lit up during the hours of darkness due to the high speeds and the mentality of drivers not expecting anything to be in front of them,this in the long run saves money by not having to use emergency services as much. shirtbox
  • Score: 3

11:50am Wed 23 Apr 14

Lankygirl says...

I was driving on the M65 towards Blackburn last Tuesday night, at 10.00 pm in the pitch black just past J8, and I was still able to see the very small flickering red rear light of a bicycle which someone was cycling on the hard shoulder! (BTW I came off at J7 to phone the police!)
I was driving on the M65 towards Blackburn last Tuesday night, at 10.00 pm in the pitch black just past J8, and I was still able to see the very small flickering red rear light of a bicycle which someone was cycling on the hard shoulder! (BTW I came off at J7 to phone the police!) Lankygirl
  • Score: 6

5:58pm Wed 23 Apr 14

dean555 says...

Can someone please explain to me why motorways should be lit at night?

Country roads, speed limit of 60mph, most not lit at night
Motorway, speed limit 70mph (or if u own a bmw, whatever speed you want), most not lit at night!

So there's only 10mph difference from diriving on 3/4lanes compared to a single lane road, with potential danger round every corner!

So why are people not moaning, kicking off about country roads, as they are a hell of a lot more dangerous!
Can someone please explain to me why motorways should be lit at night? Country roads, speed limit of 60mph, most not lit at night Motorway, speed limit 70mph (or if u own a bmw, whatever speed you want), most not lit at night! So there's only 10mph difference from diriving on 3/4lanes compared to a single lane road, with potential danger round every corner! So why are people not moaning, kicking off about country roads, as they are a hell of a lot more dangerous! dean555
  • Score: 3

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