Lydiate – Car crash Southport Road Saturday 21st May

Sadly there was a serious accident on Southport Road earlier today close to Seafore Close. I understand that a car ended up on its roof.

Numerous emergency vehicles rushed to deal with the accident and we can only hope that those involved will be OK.

However, what was odd about this accident was that the Police made no attempt, as far as I am aware, to manage the ensuing traffic jams caused as consequence of the accident. This is even more odd when you consider that Southport Road is a major ‘A’ road and bus route.

Indeed, local residents took over the traffic management themselves and I saw ladies in the middle of the road at the junction of Liverpool Road North, Southport Road and Liverpool Road advising queuing drivers what was happening and to use alternative routes.

What’s more a chap who lives in Southport Road who owns an old American Police car placed his car across the road at the junction will Bells Lane to try to assist. I photographed this car a while ago and here it is:-


All this public spirited reaction to a nasty vehicle accident is indeed commendable but I can’t help but wonder why Merseyside Police did not address the need to manage the traffic. I am aware that a resident has subsequently phoned the Police to log their concerns along similar lines to mine.

I think the road was impassable for around two and half hours or so.

Update:- I am indebted to Mike Brown who informs me that he understands there were 2 vehicles and 3 people involved in the accident but no serious injuries.

6 thoughts on “Lydiate – Car crash Southport Road Saturday 21st May

  1. nigel hunter says:

    This sounds like a serious slip up from the police. Is it possible that HQ are a bit short of police staff? If the public can assist is there a need for more special constabulary to fill the gap?

  2. W. Hart. says:

    Having read the criticism of the police performance at the scene of this collision may I add that I was there at the time the ladies were ‘directing traffic ‘. They were about a third of a mile away from the scene. Nearer to the scene police officers were redirecting traffic into Lambshear Lane.
    Before criticising the police do you not think their priority might have been to perhaps deal with any injured parties, or is it more important to keep the traffic flowing.
    Better to get more factual evidence together before committing your comments online.

    • Thanks for the comment. Maybe I was not clear about my concerns which were that because the road is busy with HGV’s and buses they needed to be redirected well before they got to roads like Lambshear Lane. I’m thinking of where the ladies were redirecting traffic back by the Methodist Church or at the Moss Lane junction in the other direction. But maybe we will have to agree to disagree. By the way it was one of the ladies who was redirecting traffic that phoned the Police after the event to raise her concerns about the lack of traffic management.

    • mike says:

      may be at that end of accident but my police car was the only unit at bell lane end thanks

  3. mike says:

    excuse me but for over an hour my police car was the only redirection on southport in to bells lane i was thanked by the traffic police

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