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Blackburn road closure causing problems

THE closure of North Road in Blackburn is set to continue into a fourth week, leading to concerns about more traffic disruption.

The road that connects Shadsworth Road to Audley Range has been closed for the past three weeks and was due to re-open yesterday but remained closed.

It has been shut to allow utilities to be put in for a new housing estate.

The shutdown and subsequent diversions have been causing traffic problems, especially at peak times, according to residents.

Blackburn resident Nasar Khan said he concerned that the closure was preventing emergency services from doing their job after his mum had to wait for an ambulance

He said: “This closure is ridiculous.

“My mother is 73 and she was suffering from chest pains. I called 999 at 4.30 in the morning and it was at least half an hour before an ambulance arrived.

“A rapid response car got here quickly but an ambulance was needed to transport my mother to hospital and it felt like at least half an hour before the it arrived.

“When the paramedics arrived, they said to me that they had got stuck half way down North Road because they didn’t know that there is no way of getting down the road.

“My Mum was taken to hospital for ten days but luckily she was fine, but what if it had been different?

“The council didn’t tell anyone about this road closure and it’s just been a nightmare for residents.

“I’m struggling to get my children to school on time and the traffic is horrendous. It must be affecting emergency service vehicles.”

A spokeswoman for the North West Ambulance Service said: “We attended Hastings Close within eight minutes of the 999 call.

“We were aware of the road closure on North Road and are regularly updated on road closures.”

Mr Khan complained that no notice was given about the closure of the road but a spokesman for Blackburn with Darwen borough council said “A public notice was printed in the Lancashire Telegraph, legal notices were put up on North Road.

“It would be up to the contractor if they wished to further carry out leaflet drops.

“From the latest information we have, we believe the road will reopen sometime on Monday.”

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6:17pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Plodder laner says...

Must have missed the big metal signs in the road the week before saying it was going to be closed then! The paramedic found it, the ambulance was probably on another job, was it half an hour? Or did it just feel like it? Another non story.
Must have missed the big metal signs in the road the week before saying it was going to be closed then! The paramedic found it, the ambulance was probably on another job, was it half an hour? Or did it just feel like it? Another non story. Plodder laner
  • Score: 9

6:33pm Sat 15 Mar 14

HelmshoreBoy says...

What about Blackburn Road, Haslingden?

This is an A class road that has been closed for the same amount of time as North Road, f@@ckin Blackburn. We are having to put up with it. You whining wa@@ers!.

Yes. I am thoroughly p@d off, but there is little I can do about it. And no I don't go to the press, like Mr Khan.
What about Blackburn Road, Haslingden? This is an A class road that has been closed for the same amount of time as North Road, f@@ckin Blackburn. We are having to put up with it. You whining wa@@ers!. Yes. I am thoroughly p@d off, but there is little I can do about it. And no I don't go to the press, like Mr Khan. HelmshoreBoy
  • Score: 4

10:09pm Sat 15 Mar 14

soap opera says...

Blackburn with Darwen borough council said “A public notice was printed in the Lancashire Telegraph,
have you tried to read the public notices in the LT even with glasses and magnifying glass there hard to read
Blackburn with Darwen borough council said “A public notice was printed in the Lancashire Telegraph, have you tried to read the public notices in the LT even with glasses and magnifying glass there hard to read soap opera
  • Score: 5

7:44am Sun 16 Mar 14

Lancs Away says...

“When the paramedics arrived, they said to me that they had got stuck half way down North Road because they didn’t know that there is no way of getting down the road.
“My Mum was taken to hospital for ten days but luckily she was fine, but what if it had been different?

What if it had been different....you would probably have claimed compensation....
“When the paramedics arrived, they said to me that they had got stuck half way down North Road because they didn’t know that there is no way of getting down the road. “My Mum was taken to hospital for ten days but luckily she was fine, but what if it had been different? What if it had been different....you would probably have claimed compensation.... Lancs Away
  • Score: 3

8:30am Sun 16 Mar 14

saloon drifter says...

As for struggling to get my kids to school on time, may I suggest you set off a bit earlier.
As for struggling to get my kids to school on time, may I suggest you set off a bit earlier. saloon drifter
  • Score: 4

10:35am Sun 16 Mar 14

Sue Lee says...

So people expect improvements without works!
Omelettes and eggs, folks!
So people expect improvements without works! Omelettes and eggs, folks! Sue Lee
  • Score: 0

10:53am Sun 16 Mar 14

Cuttingsky says...

I echo a lot of the comments made. The ROAD CLOSED SIGNS AT THE START OF THE ROAD IS A BIG BIG CLUE. Why is everyone always looking to blame somebody else?
I echo a lot of the comments made. The ROAD CLOSED SIGNS AT THE START OF THE ROAD IS A BIG BIG CLUE. Why is everyone always looking to blame somebody else? Cuttingsky
  • Score: 8

12:00pm Sun 16 Mar 14

woolywords says...

Storm in a teacup!
Borough engineers will have been notified of these works, if they were scheduled or not. They in turn, would notify ALL the emergency services.
For someone to suggest that that no notices were given is a complete nonsense, as I'll bet a copy of it is fixed to more than a few lampposts in the affected areas.
I'm sure that many of us, confronted with the same situation, would send someone to direct the ambulance to the home. (Ambulance crews even have a name for these people - windmills!)
Of course, in all of this, I'm willing to bet that, in the majority of cases, there are no numbers on the front doors in that street. Just as there are 32 newly built houses on Infirmary Road, at over £100k a pop but not a one of them has number on the front door! Think this will delay their pizzas, taxis and anything else?
Storm in a teacup! Borough engineers will have been notified of these works, if they were scheduled or not. They in turn, would notify ALL the emergency services. For someone to suggest that that no notices were given is a complete nonsense, as I'll bet a copy of it is fixed to more than a few lampposts in the affected areas. I'm sure that many of us, confronted with the same situation, would send someone to direct the ambulance to the home. (Ambulance crews even have a name for these people - windmills!) Of course, in all of this, I'm willing to bet that, in the majority of cases, there are no numbers on the front doors in that street. Just as there are 32 newly built houses on Infirmary Road, at over £100k a pop but not a one of them has number on the front door! Think this will delay their pizzas, taxis and anything else? woolywords
  • Score: 3

12:43pm Sun 16 Mar 14

vicn1956 says...

When will they repair the humps on Audley Range? How many claims for vehicle damage have the council received?
Better still-REMOVE THEM!
When will they repair the humps on Audley Range? How many claims for vehicle damage have the council received? Better still-REMOVE THEM! vicn1956
  • Score: 5

7:05pm Sun 16 Mar 14

woolywords says...

I wish to correct something that I wrote, earlier.

Some,(NOT ALL,) have numbers on their doors, in the new houses on Infirmary Road.

I made this comment under duress, as she said that, if you don't correct it, 'am going to rip your numbs off' and she knows where I live.
She can't afford to sue me, having paid exorbitant legal fees in buying her house, on Infirmary Road, and has resorted to threats, to make me correct myself!

Off topic!
Counsellor Maureen Bateson tells me that the plans for the new old folks home, to replace the Memorial Wing of the Old Infirmary, will be available for viewing, at the Ivy St Community Centre, after 330pm until 7 or 830, (given that some may have a job), this Thursday.
Times are hard, bring your own flask.
Hot water is available for those with cup-a-soup or pot noodles.
Indoor, heated toilets are available.
Some say that Cllr Bateson and others, will attend.
Anyone thinking of throwing fruits or vegetables, when Council members there, are reminded that, tins are not allowed in the main hall and should be placed in the collection box, for distribution to those in more need via the local foodbanks.
(Again, I wish to raise with Trading Standards that, tins of cling peaches, don't, they bounce! Surely this needs addressing, as it doesn't do, what it says on the tin!)
All are welcome, even me.
I wish to correct something that I wrote, earlier. Some,(NOT ALL,) have numbers on their doors, in the new houses on Infirmary Road. I made this comment under duress, as she said that, if you don't correct it, 'am going to rip your numbs off' and she knows where I live. She can't afford to sue me, having paid exorbitant legal fees in buying her house, on Infirmary Road, and has resorted to threats, to make me correct myself! Off topic! Counsellor Maureen Bateson tells me that the plans for the new old folks home, to replace the Memorial Wing of the Old Infirmary, will be available for viewing, at the Ivy St Community Centre, after 330pm until 7 or 830, (given that some may have a job), this Thursday. Times are hard, bring your own flask. Hot water is available for those with cup-a-soup or pot noodles. Indoor, heated toilets are available. Some say that Cllr Bateson and others, will attend. Anyone thinking of throwing fruits or vegetables, when Council members there, are reminded that, tins are not allowed in the main hall and should be placed in the collection box, for distribution to those in more need via the local foodbanks. (Again, I wish to raise with Trading Standards that, tins of cling peaches, don't, they bounce! Surely this needs addressing, as it doesn't do, what it says on the tin!) All are welcome, even me. woolywords
  • Score: 3

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