THE leader of Burnley Council is calling for a review of road closures and diversions caused by major roadworks near the town’s Rose Grove station due to start next month.

Cllr Charlie Briggs said local residents and companies were unhappy over 12 months of scheduled traffic disruption while the £3million scheme is undertaken.

Lancashire County Council has revealed works will begin a week on Monday.

They will widen the junction of Accrington Road, Rosegrove Lane and Rossendale Road near Rose Grove railway station, close to junction 9 of the M65, to manage future traffic congestion as the area grows.

The project is scheduled to take 12 months, with closures and diversions due to begin on November 4.

Accrington Road, to the west of Rose Grove junction, will be closed except for access to homes and businesses. Access to Burnley Crematorium will remain. The remaining three arms of Rose Grove junction will stay open with temporary traffic lights.

A diversion will be in place via M65 Junction 10 for traffic to access the area. A diversion will be signposted via local roads for non-motorway traffic and via Junction 8 for residents and businesses located to the west.

The improved junction will feature an extra lane on the busiest east-west approaches on Accrington Road, and a dedicated left turn lane for traffic approaching southbound on Rosegrove Lane and turning east onto Accrington Road.

The existing Burnley-bound bus stop will be replaced with a layby. All arms of the junction will be widened to make turning easier, and improve safety.

Cllr Briggs said: “This scheme will cause major disruption. A lot of residents and businesses have been in touch with me and none of them are happy. I’m not very happy either. The county council needs to look again at the programme of closures and diversions.”

Cllr Keith Iddon, county council highways boss, said: “Rose Grove junction is already very busy. It is predicted that if we did nothing congestion would become severe in the next two years. We know this work will be disruptive.This scheme is absolutely necessary to manage congestion.”