The road surface outside Lavender Barns (just into West Lancs & therefore just outside Lydiate) is in a terrible state. Two parts of it have been patch repaired more times than is sensible and in places is more patch than original road surface. It’s really bad for cyclists I might add as you have to weave around the ruts and patches especially after rain. This what it looked like last Sunday:-
Greens Lane Downholland looking towards Lydiate.
The photo is looking towards Lydiate and indeed the boundary (where it becomes Eagar Lane) is just out of shot around the corner.
I’ve raised the matter with Lancashire County Council hoping that they’ll resurface this short section of the lane rather then keep patching it.
Well, I mentioned in my review of 2018 that Bold Lane in Aughton had still not been resurfaced so imagine my surprise when I was out cycling in Aughton yesterday and my eyes fell upon this sign in Bold Lane:-
You can make out some of the poor surface in the shot below but the worst of it is further up the lane on both carriageways
Obviously, I’m glad that Lancashire County Council are finally getting around to resurfacing a lane that in recent times has been in pretty awful condition. However, I still wonder whether if the lane had been resurfaced a year ago (at least) Melling resident and Parish Councillor Alison Doyle would still be with us.
Notes:- My understanding is that a pothole in Bold Lane was a significant factor in the accident when Alison Doyle was killed whilst cycling with Sefton Velo Cycling Club.
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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:-
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:-
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
Clieves Hill in Aughton provides wonderful views over West Lancashire and Sefton to the coast, views like this:-
But beware if you try to park your car in the viewing lay-by as there are some monster sized potholes in it:-
Note:- Lay-by potholes reported to Lancashire County Council 21 04 18
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The lead photo is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-