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Deal to combat roadworks jams in Darwen
8:00pm Tuesday 7th August 2012 in News
FRUSTRATED motorists can breathe a sigh of relief after a deal was struck to delay one major set of roadworks until another has been finished.
Since work to replace gas mains began in the Lynwood area, light-controlled traffic on the A666 has often been at a standstill with 10-minute journeys often taking an hour.
At the same time, Blackburn with Darwen Council has started bridge widening work in Lower Eccleshill Road, a route often used as an alternative to the A666.
Now, after public outcry, the National Grid has agreed to suspend a full schedule of work after emergency repairs were completed. The remaining work will be finished once the Lower Eccleshill Road is open.
Brian Bailey, director of regeneration for Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “We have worked with the National Grid to ensure their work on the A666 is completed as quickly as possible.
“This included weekend working and improved phasing of the temporary traffic lights to reduce queues. The temporary signals have now been removed and we are working hard to complete Lower Eccleshill Road ahead of schedule.
“Once we can reopen that road, we have agreed with National Grid that they can complete their works on A666.”
Abdul Khwaja, of Impress Dry Cleaning in Blackburn Road, had feared he wouldn’t be able to pay bills, after seeing trade cut by 20 to 30 per cent since the gas work started.
On hearing the news he said: “I am glad they’ve decided to put this deal in place, hopefully things will get a lot better now.
“I’ve got to say thank you to the Lancashire Telegraph for putting pressure on the council, because nobody listens to the likes of me.”