MOTORISTS are calling for highways chiefs to take action before someone is hurt by potholes on a main road.

Cllr Glen Harrison, who represents the St Oswald’s ward in Oswaldtwistle, has been inundated with complaints from residents about the stretch along Haslingden Old Road, Lottice Lane, and School Lane near the old Britannia pub.

He said: “This is the main thoroughfare from Oswaldtwistle to the Royal Blackburn Hospital and the lanes are very narrow.

“The traffic is coming along that road at 50mph in both directions and the potholes are on both sides of the road, and it is dangerous. It is an accident waiting to happen.

“The issue comes with speeding cars, and they are hitting the potholes hard.”

Jean Bain, who lives in Guide but uses the road regularly, said: “It is so dangerous as cyclists and motorcyclists are going to be killed if they swerve to avoid them and either go off the road or in front of an oncoming car.

“Some of the potholes are two or three inches deep and they seem to have got worse in the past few weeks.

“I drive on that road and have a car with a low wheelbase. I went over one and thought about the damage to my suspension or even popping a tyre.

“It is going to be even worse in the dark as people may not see them when they are filled with water.”

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “We inspect all roads on a cyclic basis to check them for safety and ensure that any repairs which may be needed can be carried out.

“We also respond to reports about potholes that we receive from members of the public, and will carry out repairs to any that meet the required level.

“We’ll carry out inspections following the concerns raised about these roads.”