More road work delays expected on Grane Road

MOTORISTS can expect delays on a major East Lancashire commuter road until next month, water company bosses have said.

A new drinking water supply is being installed underneath the Grane Road, Haslingden, by United Utilities, meaning the road has had to be narrowed to one lane between Guide and Helmshore and temporary traffic lights put in place to try to ease traffic.

The scheme is designed to provide water to properties in the area, including Clough Head Cafe.

The venue, which is owned by United Utilities, had been facing closure because chiefs were unsure whether the work would be cost effective.

But after a campaign, which saw more than 100 people sign a petition to save the cafe, the company decided to go ahead with the project.

The Clough Head Cafe, which is popular with ramblers, dog walkers and commuters, also serves as an information point.

A spokesman for United Utilities apologised for the tailback caused by the works.

He said: “We’re really sorry for the delays this work is causing on Grane Road, but this is a really important scheme which will bring a new supply of drinking water to properties in the area.

“In particular, it allows Clough Head Café to stay open.

“We are laying a brand new pipe under the road to supply water to the café, which is a really important community facility.

“The café needed a new water pipe to stay open and when we questioned whether we could carry out the work there was a huge vote of support for it, so we were happy to go ahead with the scheme.”

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8:58pm Sun 13 Jan 13

JollyJapes says...

Why is this being done when the potential for adverse weather conditions is at its highest?
Why are the temporary lights set to infuriate motorists such that 16 cars get through from the Blackburn direction yet only 5 cars get though from Helmshore?
Whoever is in charge of these works needs to take stock of the situation and redress it.
Why is this being done when the potential for adverse weather conditions is at its highest? Why are the temporary lights set to infuriate motorists such that 16 cars get through from the Blackburn direction yet only 5 cars get though from Helmshore? Whoever is in charge of these works needs to take stock of the situation and redress it. JollyJapes

10:23am Mon 14 Jan 13

sham69_uk says...

Completely agree with the lights priority. Took me 1/2 hour to get through the other morning. Fortunately found another route.
Completely agree with the lights priority. Took me 1/2 hour to get through the other morning. Fortunately found another route. sham69_uk

11:04am Mon 14 Jan 13

pdb951 says...

It is time to fine these companies for wrongly setting these lights.
It is time to fine these companies for wrongly setting these lights. pdb951

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