ANGRY shoppers have demanded urgent improvements to a notorious accident blackspot in Accrington town centre after a man was knocked down by a bus.
Residents this week blasted the town's planning chiefs after the accident outside the Town Hall.
The road is for buses only but cars often ignore the restriction and pedestrians can become confused.
James Harrington, 52, of Blackburn, was hit by a Blackburn Transport double-decker, and was treated at the scene before being taken to Blackburn Royal Infirmary.
Janet Carter, of Dunster Avenue, Oswaldtwistle, witnessed the accident, which police said was the pedestrian's fault.
She fumed: "The road is an accident waiting to happen. How long can they leave it like this? It's ridiculous, something must be done.
"I think he actually walked in front of the bus after getting off it. It wasn't going at all quickly. I ran over to see if he was okay. I talked to him to make sure he was all right.
"I think he was more shaken than anything else. It was a lucky escape."
Road traffic officer PC David Hirst attended the accident and later said: "No charges will be brought against the driver. It was totally the pedestrian's fault. He walked out in front of the bus without looking.
"We have had quite a few incidents down there recently; usually they're the driver's fault but this was the pedestrian's. The bus driver was going at a very low speed when the accident happened."
PC Hirst added that police would be clamping down on motorists who use that stretch of Blackburn Road as a rat run through Accrington.
Council leader Peter Britcliffe said: "Traffic lights are going up that only allow buses through and longer term we are looking at pedestrianisation. The area is one that does lead to accidents, and the way it is now is more likely to lead to accidents."