Pointing way to an ‘ocal’ laughing stock?

A sign on church Street, Blackpool, directs "ocal" traffic. Below: Steve Martell, of the Granada Fish Bar, with some of the bemusing road signs around Fleetwood.

A sign on church Street, Blackpool, directs "ocal" traffic. Below: Steve Martell, of the Granada Fish Bar, with some of the bemusing road signs around Fleetwood.

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They provide vital help for visitors not used to their surroundings, but what happens when local (or should that be “ocal”) traffic signs go wrong?

Here on the Fylde coast we’ve found a few examples of misplaced, incorrect and downright bizarre road markings and signposts – which are sure to bemuse and amuse motorists in equal measure.

Steve Martell, of the Granada Fish Bar, with some of the bemusing road signs around Fleetwood.

Steve Martell, of the Granada Fish Bar, with some of the bemusing road signs around Fleetwood.

Neil Raine, owner of CB Computers, on Waterloo Road, South Shore, spotted an odd road marking on Church Street, close to the Salvation Army centre, which directs “ocal” traffic away from the town centre.

He said: “You always see comical signs like this and it’ll always happen, but Blackpool does have a big tourist industry so people might wonder what it means. There is a sign before it that says ‘local’ traffic so most people can put two and two together, but we do get foreign drivers who might think it means something else.

“It could’ve been that the ‘L’ might have been too big to fit, in which case why would they put it there in the first place?”

As reported in The Gazette on Saturday, South Shore traders were left confused after a new signpost erected on Lytham Road by Blackpool Council, which was meant to direct people towards the Promenade, instead pointed away from the sea.

Steve Martell, of the Granada Fish Bar, with some of the bemusing road signs around Fleetwood.

Steve Martell, of the Granada Fish Bar, with some of the bemusing road signs around Fleetwood.

In Dock Street, in Fleetwood, there is also a signpost for a non-existent car ferry terminal which points drivers straight into a fence.

Steve Lynton, owner of Granada Fish Bar, on North Albert Street, said: “It turns right into a fence, you’ve got to laugh.

“It’s frightening how people keep their jobs doing this stuff.”

Grosvenor Street, in Lytham, also recently saw a 30mph sign turned round to face the same way as a 20mph sign on the opposite side of the road.

However, this has now been rectified.

Sim Lane-Dixon, Lancashire County Council’s highways manager for Fylde, said: “The sign on Grosvenor Street in Lytham was reported to us earlier this month.

“We sent someone out to sort it within 48 hours of it being reported. If people notice it has been turned round again, please contact us.”

A Blackpool Council spokesman said of the Church Street road marking: “We were already aware of this particular road marking, and have asked for it to be amended urgently when the PFI street lighting project is in that area.”

Despite repeated calls to the Highways Agency, which runs Dock Street, no-one was available for comment at the time of going to print.

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