East Lancs commuters face long delays for roadworks

East Lancs commuters face long delays for roadworks

East Lancs commuters face long delays for roadworks

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COMMUTERS are facing months of traffic delays as work begins on the next stage of a major road revamp.

Temporary traffic lights are set to be put in place as engineers start on the £4.8million scheme to create a link road between Furthergate and the Red Lion roundabout.

The work, which will last 44 weeks, is part of the Pennine Reach programme and is ultimately aimed at reducing congestion, giving public transport priority and widening the key gateway.

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Traders have said that although North Midland Construction (NMC) — the company that will carry out the work — had promised to do their best to minimise disruption throughout the construction, congestion was a serious concern.

From next month, the firm will build a 1.1km link road that will pass parallel to Burnley Road and connect to Furthergate.

It will also widen a 700m section of road between Copy Nook and Furthergate to provide public transport priority in and out the town centre.

Maureen Bateson, executive member for regeneration at Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “As the network is improved and developed, more development sites will open up and become available for employment and business opportunities.

"As such, the development of this modern network will improve and benefit the lives of all residents, not just bus users like myself. Some residents and motorists may face disruption over the coming months.

“Where possible, disruption will be kept to a minimum and the majority of resident should not be affected by this essential modernisation process.

“However, I ask those that are affected to be patient as we make our borough a better place to live and work.”

Geoff Poyzer, director of highways and utilities at NMC said: “We have a strong history of working on complex schemes of this nature and, in particular, in maintaining traffic flows throughout construction to minimise disruption to local road users.

“We look forward to implementing such an important project that will improve access to the town for the people of Blackburn and the surrounding area.”

Tony Duckworth, chairman of the Blackburn Chamber of Trade, said there were worries about businesses on the Furthergate Business Park struggling with deliveries because of the roadworks.

He said: “There has to be the potential for inconvenience because they are digging up the road.

“There will also be difficulties for the traffic at the busy times of the day.”

Blackburn with Darwen council Liberal Democrat leader David Foster added: “There is going to be a lot of disruption to business and to traffic from this work. It is almost a year.

“I hope the council have taken steps to mitigate this disruption and we need to know what these steps are.

“But we need to get more people on to public transport and out of their cars.

“This is what Pennine Reach is all about, so I think it will be worth it in the long run.”

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10:15am Wed 16 Jul 14

Eric Shawn says...

"Geoff Poyzer, director of highways and utilities at NMC said: “We have a strong history of working on complex schemes of this nature and, in particular, in maintaining traffic flows throughout construction to minimise disruption to local road users."
Pants on fire.
"Geoff Poyzer, director of highways and utilities at NMC said: “We have a strong history of working on complex schemes of this nature and, in particular, in maintaining traffic flows throughout construction to minimise disruption to local road users." Pants on fire. Eric Shawn
  • Score: 37

10:23am Wed 16 Jul 14

HarryBosch says...

Note to self - avoid going into Blackburn for the next 12 months!
Note to self - avoid going into Blackburn for the next 12 months! HarryBosch
  • Score: 40

10:45am Wed 16 Jul 14

VamboMarbleEye says...

HarryBosch wrote:
Note to self - avoid going into Blackburn for the next 12 months!
Avoiding Blackburn is always very good advice.
[quote][p][bold]HarryBosch[/bold] wrote: Note to self - avoid going into Blackburn for the next 12 months![/p][/quote]Avoiding Blackburn is always very good advice. VamboMarbleEye
  • Score: 38

12:22pm Wed 16 Jul 14

POW WOW says...

VamboMarbleEye wrote:
HarryBosch wrote:
Note to self - avoid going into Blackburn for the next 12 months!
Avoiding Blackburn is always very good advice.
Until they get themselves back in the premiership with the chicken coop owners gone that is !!!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]VamboMarbleEye[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HarryBosch[/bold] wrote: Note to self - avoid going into Blackburn for the next 12 months![/p][/quote]Avoiding Blackburn is always very good advice.[/p][/quote]Until they get themselves back in the premiership with the chicken coop owners gone that is !!!!!!!!!!!! POW WOW
  • Score: 1

12:34pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Pan-cake says...

Why all these negative vibes??? The Burnley Road 'bypass' has been needed for years. Thanks to this miserable Tory Government** funding has been found to complete this obvious improvement for all concerned -residents of Burnley Road, motorists, buses and local businesses.

Now can we have a bypass for Harwood Road Rishton and Whalley Road ClaytonleMoors.

** I know Iknow, Pennine Reach has been on the stocks for years, but the Torys happened to be in the chair when the money was found and the green light was given, so they deserve some praise.
Why all these negative vibes??? The Burnley Road 'bypass' has been needed for years. Thanks to this miserable Tory Government** funding has been found to complete this obvious improvement for all concerned -residents of Burnley Road, motorists, buses and local businesses. Now can we have a bypass for Harwood Road Rishton and Whalley Road ClaytonleMoors. ** I know Iknow, Pennine Reach has been on the stocks for years, but the Torys happened to be in the chair when the money was found and the green light was given, so they deserve some praise. Pan-cake
  • Score: -7

1:35pm Wed 16 Jul 14

eastlancslad says...

Pennine Reach will not entice 1 extra person onto public transport.
It is a government sponsored employment scheme and vanity project. Much like H2S.
Pennine Reach will not entice 1 extra person onto public transport. It is a government sponsored employment scheme and vanity project. Much like H2S. eastlancslad
  • Score: 22

2:23pm Wed 16 Jul 14

HarryBosch says...

Those arrested in Lancashire are:

1)    A 61 year old man from Blackburn

2)    A 35 year old man from Blackpool

3)    A 29 year old man from Nelson

4)    A 57 year old man from Fleetwood

5)    A 58 year old man from Parbold

6)    A 48 year old man from Thornton Cleveleys

7)    A 57 year old man from Whalley

8)    A 45 year old man from Accrington

9)    A 27 year old man from Burnley

10)  A 44 year old man from Thornton Cleveleys

11)  A 29 year old man from Rossendale

12)  A 46 year old man from Skelmersdale

13)  A 51 year old man from Lytham

14)  A 59 year old man from Skelmersdale

15)  A 60 year old man from Lytham

16)  A 30 year old man from Preston

n a totally separate topic, I don't know why LT have not got onto this yet but further to the national operation run by the NCA into the paedophile operation Lancashire Constabulary have posted on their website the following
Those arrested in Lancashire are: 1)    A 61 year old man from Blackburn 2)    A 35 year old man from Blackpool 3)    A 29 year old man from Nelson 4)    A 57 year old man from Fleetwood 5)    A 58 year old man from Parbold 6)    A 48 year old man from Thornton Cleveleys 7)    A 57 year old man from Whalley 8)    A 45 year old man from Accrington 9)    A 27 year old man from Burnley 10)  A 44 year old man from Thornton Cleveleys 11)  A 29 year old man from Rossendale 12)  A 46 year old man from Skelmersdale 13)  A 51 year old man from Lytham 14)  A 59 year old man from Skelmersdale 15)  A 60 year old man from Lytham 16)  A 30 year old man from Preston n a totally separate topic, I don't know why LT have not got onto this yet but further to the national operation run by the NCA into the paedophile operation Lancashire Constabulary have posted on their website the following HarryBosch
  • Score: 5

2:30pm Wed 16 Jul 14

HarryBosch says...

Sometimes I despair! Technology has a mind of its own
Sometimes I despair! Technology has a mind of its own HarryBosch
  • Score: 0

4:53pm Wed 16 Jul 14

moxhie says...

Use the train .

It's much better .
Use the train . It's much better . moxhie
  • Score: 4

5:25pm Wed 16 Jul 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

eastlancslad wrote:
Pennine Reach will not entice 1 extra person onto public transport.
It is a government sponsored employment scheme and vanity project. Much like H2S.
I will be that one person
[quote][p][bold]eastlancslad[/bold] wrote: Pennine Reach will not entice 1 extra person onto public transport. It is a government sponsored employment scheme and vanity project. Much like H2S.[/p][/quote]I will be that one person HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: -3

6:54pm Wed 16 Jul 14

sharonAccy says...

moxhie wrote:
Use the train .

It's much better .
Yep unless they cancel them, tried getting train from pleasington didn't turn up I'll stick to car thanks
[quote][p][bold]moxhie[/bold] wrote: Use the train . It's much better .[/p][/quote]Yep unless they cancel them, tried getting train from pleasington didn't turn up I'll stick to car thanks sharonAccy
  • Score: 4

11:51pm Wed 16 Jul 14

disgusted tunbridge wells says...

Take a barge it's the only way, is the object to ensure that every shop in Blackburn goes out of business ?
Take a barge it's the only way, is the object to ensure that every shop in Blackburn goes out of business ? disgusted tunbridge wells
  • Score: 6

11:33am Thu 17 Jul 14

vicn1956 says...

Reading between the lines-will the much needed improvements turn out to be another couple of bus lanes ignoring the needs of cars/lorries etc.?

Like the £8million bridge at Eanam that produced-ONE bus lane?
Reading between the lines-will the much needed improvements turn out to be another couple of bus lanes ignoring the needs of cars/lorries etc.? Like the £8million bridge at Eanam that produced-ONE bus lane? vicn1956
  • Score: 5

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