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Potholed Rossendale road to be repaired
8:00am Saturday 16th March 2013 in News
A POTHOLED road will finally be fixed after months of campaigning.
A four-mile stretch of the A671, which runs through Bacup and Whitworth, is to be resurfaced to repair potholes and cracks.
The route links Burnley with Rochdale and is used by several of the Valley’s main bus services.
Lancashire County Council has earmarked £91,597 from its Maintenance of Highways Assets pot to fund the work.
The road will be upgraded between the roundabout at the junction of Rochdale Road and Pennine Road in Bacup, adjacent to Bacup Fire Station, and 189 Market Street in Whitworth.
County Councillor Peter Steen said the scheme was ‘a major operation’ he had campaigned for some time to secure.
He said: “It’s something that my constituents have made we aware of and I’ve been fighting for the last 18 months to make sure this work gets done.
“The road, especially around Shawforth, has been breaking up for some time and has been stabilised in the past, but it would have cost more to keep doing minor repairs every couple of years than to sort it out in one go this time.
“This is good news for the people, especially as we have been notified of other improvements on East Gate and West Gate, in the Wallbank estate, as well.”
He said Rossendalebus, which operates several services along the route, had been consulted about the roadworks and would work with the county council to ensure minimal disruptions to road and public transport users.
A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “The work is planned to be completed in stages in the first quarter of the financial year between April and June.
“Some parts of the road have deteriorated badly in the middle of the carriageway so we’ll be patching and preserving as much of the surface as possible.
“There is a mixture of work to be done.”