Why Southport's got the hump
Up in Southport, there's a storm a-brewing.
More than 2,000 businesses, homeowners and drivers have, if you'll pardon the pun, got the hump...BIG TIME.
Their gripe..speed cushions in Crossens which they say have left the area a "ghost village" with drivers changing their route any way they can, just for the sheer delight of driving on a bump-free road.
The row has been brewing for a while, with dark mutterings at council meetings and occassional calls in about falling footfall and even damage to cars.
One poor fella even claims that vibrations from cars going over the bumps have caused a huge crack to appear in his ceiling....
Now, they have come together and mounted a 2,000 strong petition, pleading with Sefton Council to find some other way to slow the traffic down. That's got to be a fair whack of everyone living in the area.
On the flipside, last year on that part of Rufford Road, a teenage lad died after coming off his bike and a toddler almost got hit by a bus. It's a dangerous stretch.
But, for a council with little cash to splash about, it seems a costly way to help road safety that, at least in Southport, has proved so unpopular with drivers, businesses and homeowners.