A NEW safety scheme for a road branded a borough’s ‘most dangerous’ is now set to be implemented.

Lancashire County Council prepared the improvement scheme. including new double yellow lines, for Blackburn Road in Oswaldtwistle after several accidents and complaints from residents about the risk from speeding vehicles.

It will improve safety measures particularly around its junction with Thwaites Road where a motorcyclist suffered leg injuries in an accident in May.

Oswaldtwistle’s county councillor Peter Britcliffe who has been calling for safety improvements since January 2017 said he was ‘delighted’.

In June county hall officials published the plans for the work.

This week county highways officer Emma Lane wrote to Cllr Britcliffe saying: "All the advertising periods for the changes to the double yellow lines are complete and no objections were received.

“Permission has been received to send the works for construction, the works will be issued to our contractor shortly.”

He said: “At last. Local people will be very pleased and relieved that works to improve safety on this most dangerous piece of road in Hyndburn will finally go ahead."

Cllr Britcliffe branded the road as the ‘most dangerous in Hyndburn’ after obtaining official statistics showing that between 2013/14 and 2015/16 it had 63 accidents, the highest in the borough.