Road revamp bid to stimulate Burnley economy

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

PLANS have been drawn up for a £1.6million project to promote an economic ‘growth corridor’ along Accrington Road, Burnley.

County council highway bosses are behind proposals to improve the route between junction nine and 10 of the M65.

Under the initiative, the junction 10 roundabouts at Gannow would have traffic signals installed.

The scheme, part of a bid to the Department of Transport (DoT), should provide benefits from Burnley Bridge business park to Rosegrove railway station and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Rosegrove station should become busier when the Todmorden Curve track link is reinstated in 2014.

Further improvements would be made along the A679, linking junction nine and the town centre, say officials.

The work would cost around £1.59million, with a planning agreement contributing £314,000 and the county council handing over £164,000.

County councillor Tim Ashton, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “One of our top priorities is to create the right conditions for economic growth.

“And key to encouraging businesses to invest is to demonstrate that they'll be able to travel quickly and efficiently in Lancashire as the number of vehicles on our roads continues to grow.

“The investment already being made in the area identified as the Burnley Growth Corridor will result in more traffic, and our bid makes the case for a scheme which will allow this to take place while avoiding levels of congestion which could limit further growth.

Traffic signals at the two roundabouts at junction 10 would allow more traffic to flow more efficiently, and the plans to improve Rosegrove station and cycling and walking routes which link to it would encourage people to reach the area by public transport and ease pressure on the roads.”

Another reserve bid, for the Centenary Way viaduct in Burnley would cost £3.15m, and would replace bearings, supporting the structure.

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9:28am Wed 27 Feb 13

DaveBurnley says...

It would be more helpful if they opened up the bit of Accrington Road from the Mitre to it's junction with the existing Accrington Road. This link should never have been closed off. It forced all traffic onto a single road, It may have looked pretty on the planners map but it was a mistake.
It would be more helpful if they opened up the bit of Accrington Road from the Mitre to it's junction with the existing Accrington Road. This link should never have been closed off. It forced all traffic onto a single road, It may have looked pretty on the planners map but it was a mistake. DaveBurnley
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11:16am Wed 27 Feb 13

aleevio says...

I know this isn't relevant,but were an infants remains found in The Mitre pub from the dim and distant past ? Anybody know of it ?
I know this isn't relevant,but were an infants remains found in The Mitre pub from the dim and distant past ? Anybody know of it ? aleevio
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11:42am Wed 27 Feb 13

hugofakenham says...

this has nothing to do with this article but highlights the poor standards of some so-called professional reporters. I've posted it here as I can't think otherwise how to bring it to the editor's attention.
From a report by Ms Cornall,published in this paper today, re-the inquest into the suicide of a nurse from Stoneyhurst School.

" I am also told it was very likely he would of been charged with voyeurism which would of undoubtedly of cost him his position".
How long has the word 'of ' been a verb ?
If you reporters can't get it right then God help us.
this has nothing to do with this article but highlights the poor standards of some so-called professional reporters. I've posted it here as I can't think otherwise how to bring it to the editor's attention. From a report by Ms Cornall,published in this paper today, re-the inquest into the suicide of a nurse from Stoneyhurst School. " I am also told it was very likely he would of been charged with voyeurism which would of undoubtedly of cost him his position". How long has the word 'of ' been a verb ? If you reporters can't get it right then God help us. hugofakenham
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8:55pm Wed 27 Feb 13

psch says...

Yet more money being wasted by Lancashire County Council. I have yet to see a roundabout to be improved by traffic lights. Traffic Lights = congestion due to the time delay introduced when the lights changed, it's not rocket science just simple maths
Yet more money being wasted by Lancashire County Council. I have yet to see a roundabout to be improved by traffic lights. Traffic Lights = congestion due to the time delay introduced when the lights changed, it's not rocket science just simple maths psch
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10:14am Thu 28 Feb 13

DaveBurnley says...

psch wrote:
Yet more money being wasted by Lancashire County Council. I have yet to see a roundabout to be improved by traffic lights. Traffic Lights = congestion due to the time delay introduced when the lights changed, it's not rocket science just simple maths
One problem is the speed that some drivers come up Westway are hurtle round the roundabout. If you're trying to get off Accrington Road it can be dangerous. Traffic lights would help in this respect.
[quote][p][bold]psch[/bold] wrote: Yet more money being wasted by Lancashire County Council. I have yet to see a roundabout to be improved by traffic lights. Traffic Lights = congestion due to the time delay introduced when the lights changed, it's not rocket science just simple maths[/p][/quote]One problem is the speed that some drivers come up Westway are hurtle round the roundabout. If you're trying to get off Accrington Road it can be dangerous. Traffic lights would help in this respect. DaveBurnley
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