Bold Lane, Aughton – It’s still in very poor condition despite that seemingly contributing towards a cyclist’s death back in August

Melling residents will recall with great sadness the recent death of one of their Parish Councillors – Alison Doyle – in a cycling accident on Aughton’s Bold Lane back in August.

I raise the matter again as yesterday I cycled up Bold Lane due to my alternative and usual route via Sandy Lane being closed for roadworks. I virtually never cycle up Bold Lane because the surface of the road, north of the Sandy Lane junction, is very poor as I’ve mentioned in previous postings going back to February of this year.

Sadly, if anything the surface has deteriorated even more and a section of it is breaking up badly. The odd patch repair has been done but clearly some major resurfacing of say a hundred yards or so is urgently required. What I can’t get my head around is why Lancashire County Council has not done the work even if only in memory of Cllr. Doyle’s death.

I stopped to take some photos of the flowers at the side of the road where the accident took place:-

While I was stopped another cyclist came along and we talked about the condition of the road surface. We agreed that Lancs County Council really does need to get on with the resurfacing because not only had that terrible accident taken place due of a pothole but the surface had been marked out for repairs months ago but little has actually happened and the markings have now been all but worn/washed away.

I’ve raised the matter with Lancashire County Council hoping that they will get this road surface sorted before we have another serious accident.

Alison was a member of Sefton Velo Cycling Club.

The lead photo is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Aughton – Fatal accident on Bold Lane – Melling Parish Councillor dies

The road that runs from the back of what used to be called the Swan Pub (now a steakhouse) on the A59 up to Town Green Station and Prescot Road is well used and part of it is called Bold Lane. In recent times the section of this lane between its junctions with Sandy Lane and Winifred Lane has been in poor condition, so much so that as a cyclist I have tended to avoid it. Indeed, I blogged about it back in February and if anything the surface is worse now than it was then. Here’s a link to that February 2018 posting:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2018/02/26/the-state-of-our-road-surfaces-on-your-bike/

I mention the lane again as yesterday I hear that there was a fatal accident on the very section of road that I mentioned in my blog. The Liverpool Echo reports on its web site:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/woman-cyclist-dies-road-horror-15049334

I cycled part of Bold Lane only yesterday afternoon from the A59 to the junction with Sandy Lane where I intended to turn right to avoid the bad surface part of Bold Lane. However, as I got to the junction it became clear that I could not have gone further up Bold Lane anyway as it had been closed and taped of by Lancashire Police. A local resident said to me that she thought a pot-hole may have been the cause of an accident and my heart sank because I knew how poor the road surface was.

Obviously I don’t know if the accident was actually caused or contributed to by the road surface so I am not trying to say it was. Sadly later, via the Lydiate Neighbours Facebook Group I learned that the accident had involved a fatality. So very, very sad and even if the road surface was not a contributory factor it really does need repairing and soon please Lancashire County Council.

RIP Cllr. Allison Doyle member of Melling Parish Council