THERE are new rush-hour traffic problems facing commuters heading between Blackburn and the M65 Junction Six at Whitebirk.

Temporary traffic lights are in place on Accrington Road and Furthergate for utility works and will be there for up to six weeks.


The signals and one-way traffic near the Blackburn Enterprise Centre are causing tailbacks down Burnley Road coming into the town and back to Copy Nook and Higher Eanam outward.

They are due to utility works for the £4.8million Furthergate Link Road. Gorse Street has reopened as has Higher Audley Street.

A Blackburn with Darwen Council spokeswoman said: “There are utility company works affecting Burnley Road, Accrington Road and Furthergate involving National Grid and United Utilities mains cuts offs and diversions.

"There are traffic signals at the junction of the new road and Furthergate.

"These works are due to last approximately four to six weeks and are to be carried out within temporary ‘shuttle’ traffic signals as previously used.”