Ice forces closure of major East Lancashire road

TAKE CARE: The road closure signs which were thrown from the road back in place yesterday

TAKE CARE: The road closure signs which were thrown from the road back in place yesterday

First published in Abbey Village

A MAJOR road was shut by police after a number of car crashes caused by the ice.

But commuters shunned the warning yesterday morning, throwing the police signs into a nearby hedge.

Officers who were called to an accident, on the A675 Bolton Road near Abbey Village on Monday evening, took the decision after witnessing several more shunts caused by the slippery surface.

A half-mile stretch of the road was closed, up to junction three of the M65.

A police spokesman said: “The signs were there for a reason.

"But in the morning they had been removed and drivers were using the stretch.

“It was closed because of the icy, treacherous conditions and we would remind drivers to respect the warning.”

There was confusion between Lancashire County Council and Blackburn with Darwen Council as to which authority was responsible for gritting the stretch, with both organisations saying it was on the other’s network.

A Blackburn with Darwen spokesman said the stretch of road down to Belmont had been gritted on Monday evening, but insisted it was not responsible for the section that had been closed.

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10:59am Tue 29 Dec 09

RAyzer says...

ONLY COULD THIS HAPPEN IN THIS BADLY RUN COUNTRY....
ONLY COULD THIS HAPPEN IN THIS BADLY RUN COUNTRY.... RAyzer
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1:01pm Tue 29 Dec 09

Oakdale blue says...

So much for keeping the main routes open. Probably no chance of seeing a gritter until the New Year on Oakdale now. The plus side is that we should be able to enter a team in the winter olympics....is car curling an olympic sport?
So much for keeping the main routes open. Probably no chance of seeing a gritter until the New Year on Oakdale now. The plus side is that we should be able to enter a team in the winter olympics....is car curling an olympic sport? Oakdale blue
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4:35pm Tue 29 Dec 09

happycyclist says...

Oakdale blue wrote:
So much for keeping the main routes open. Probably no chance of seeing a gritter until the New Year on Oakdale now. The plus side is that we should be able to enter a team in the winter olympics....is car curling an olympic sport?
Why do you think you're entitled to a gritter around Oakdale?
You just live on an estate like thousands of other people. Oakdale isn't a main road and isn't on a bus route. I still can't believe they gave you a set of traffic lights to get out onto the A666.
[quote][p][bold]Oakdale blue[/bold] wrote: So much for keeping the main routes open. Probably no chance of seeing a gritter until the New Year on Oakdale now. The plus side is that we should be able to enter a team in the winter olympics....is car curling an olympic sport?[/p][/quote]Why do you think you're entitled to a gritter around Oakdale? You just live on an estate like thousands of other people. Oakdale isn't a main road and isn't on a bus route. I still can't believe they gave you a set of traffic lights to get out onto the A666. happycyclist
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3:56pm Wed 30 Dec 09

burger face says...

i drove straight through the cones it wasnt that bad
i drove straight through the cones it wasnt that bad burger face
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