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Blackburn relief roads set for green light
SENIOR councillors are expected to give the final go-ahead this week for two major relief roads, easing traffic on major routes into Blackburn.
The multi-million pound projects are part of finishing the borough’s orbital route, and completing the jigsaw of town centre development, including the £28m Cathedral Quarter development.
One new road aims to end traffic congestion in Ewood, near the football ground, and around the Empire Theatre, by-passing parts of Livesey Branch Road.
The second, known as the ‘Pennine Gateway’, will run parallel to Burnley Road, with a new section of the A678 between Furthergate and Gorse Street.
The Ewood relief road aims to ease traffic on the main A666 Bolton Road, between Blackburn and Darwen, using land currently used as car parking.
The major changes are a key part of the £40m ‘Pennine Reach’ bus scheme linking Darwen, Black-burn and Hyndburn, via a high-speed bus lane, together with new £5m bus stations in Blackburn and Accrington town centres. The scheme, developed between Lancashire County and Blackburn with Darwen Councils, will be largely paid for by the Department of Transport.
There will be major improvements to the roads and bus services between the borough’s two towns, especially around Ewood.
Thursday night’s report to Blackburn with Darwen Council’s executive board confirms the necessary orders for the projcets to go ahead Council regeneration boss Maureen Bateson said: “The new road at Ewood will bring improvements for motorists, bus passengers, pedestrians and cyclists.
“The area is very congested during the morning and evening rush hours, and when Blackburn Rovers have a home game.
“Local buses also face disruption. As part of the Pennine Reach scheme, there will be improved bus stop facilities in the area, and better facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.
“Burnley Road/Furthergate is one of the major gateways into the borough and, as a result, is one of our busiest routes.”
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