Traffic light plan for busy Burnley junction

MP Gordon Birtwistle

MP Gordon Birtwistle

First published in News

TRAFFIC lights are set to be installed on a busy roundabout to ease long tailbacks, it has been announced.

Council bosses have confirmed that signals are set to be installed on the southern roundabout at the top of Westway within the next few weeks.

Traffic lights were introduced at the first roundabout - and the middle spur ‘filled in’ - last July and have proved successful after early teething troubles.

And it is hoped that the development will help to unlock the potential of the soon-to-be developed Burnley Knowledge Park, Heasandford and Rossendale Road.

Coun Shah Hussain, regeneration cabinet member, said in a report: “Work is due to commence in the next few weeks to signalise the southern roundabout at the M65 Gannow junction.

“This should have a major beneficial effect on traffic flows to and from Burnley town centre.

“The council has also been working with the county council to identify key junction improvements, particularly around the town centre and on the M65 that will assist in unlocking further economic growth in the borough.”

The funding for works will be requested as part a ‘Local Growth Deal’, which has been submitted to Whitehall by the Lancashire Economic Partnership.

Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle has welcomed the announcement after being caught in a serious jam trying to reach Gannow roundabout this week.

He said: “Burnley is so busy these days that the traffic at that roundabout is immense so I would support this move wholeheartedly.

“The lights were installed on the other roundabout and they have worked perfectly. This is a very heavily-trafficked area - the other night I was queued back to the traffic lights near Trafalgar Street."

Coun Matthew Isherwood, a Conservative who represents Cliviger and Worsthorne, has also led calls to improve the road network along the Accrington Road corridor ahead of tenants being secured for the newly-opened Burnley Bridge business park.

Under the East Lancashire Public Transport Masterplan consultation, his borough council colleagues have also prioritised improvements to the Gannow to junction nine corridor.

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4:18pm Sat 5 Apr 14

psch says...

Worked? just more delays as usual when they install lights, it's obvious all those seconds whilst neither lights allow progress add up creating more congestion - basic maths. Just look at the many instances when lights are off and congestion eases if you don't believe it
Worked? just more delays as usual when they install lights, it's obvious all those seconds whilst neither lights allow progress add up creating more congestion - basic maths. Just look at the many instances when lights are off and congestion eases if you don't believe it psch
  • Score: 8

5:12pm Sat 5 Apr 14

DaveBurnley says...

Why run the same article twice? Are you so short of news?
Why run the same article twice? Are you so short of news? DaveBurnley
  • Score: 10

7:03pm Sat 5 Apr 14

geegee3 says...

Dosen't matter what you put there people still get in the wrong lane.
Dosen't matter what you put there people still get in the wrong lane. geegee3
  • Score: 9

12:04am Sun 6 Apr 14

Steven11 says...

Well I know councillor birtwistle from years back , from his failed engineering company in oswaldtwistle . Now a councillor , stuck in a traffic jam . Wants to flex his muscle as a powerful man , go away silly man so now full of your own self importance .
Well I know councillor birtwistle from years back , from his failed engineering company in oswaldtwistle . Now a councillor , stuck in a traffic jam . Wants to flex his muscle as a powerful man , go away silly man so now full of your own self importance . Steven11
  • Score: 4

12:20am Sun 6 Apr 14

jaffa90 says...

jaffa90 says...

What a shame, i like roundabouts because a lot of motorists don`t know how to use them, they will wait behind the give way line for the vehicle 50 yards to their right also behind a give way line to proceed (hoping I`m not behind them).
The ruling is give way to vehicles ON the roundabout (or immediate right).
If I had my way I would educate motorists how to use them and remove all traffic lights in lightly used roads.
jaffa90 says... What a shame, i like roundabouts because a lot of motorists don`t know how to use them, they will wait behind the give way line for the vehicle 50 yards to their right also behind a give way line to proceed (hoping I`m not behind them). The ruling is give way to vehicles ON the roundabout (or immediate right). If I had my way I would educate motorists how to use them and remove all traffic lights in lightly used roads. jaffa90
  • Score: 5

11:08am Tue 8 Apr 14

carrman2 says...

Why did they introduce Roundabouts ?
Why did they introduce Roundabouts ? carrman2
  • Score: 3

11:11am Tue 8 Apr 14

carrman2 says...

Maybe reduce the Speed limit to 20 mph in that area ,Some drivers think its Brands Hatch on those Gannow Roundabouts
Maybe reduce the Speed limit to 20 mph in that area ,Some drivers think its Brands Hatch on those Gannow Roundabouts carrman2
  • Score: 2

1:13pm Tue 8 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

carrman2 wrote:
Why did they introduce Roundabouts ?
I believe Blackburn were the first to introduce traffic lights to roundabouts look what it's done for them but the idea of these on a roundabout is a conflict and do little to help traffic flow which is the reason roundabouts I were introduced in the first place although many countries manage adequately without them.
[quote][p][bold]carrman2[/bold] wrote: Why did they introduce Roundabouts ?[/p][/quote]I believe Blackburn were the first to introduce traffic lights to roundabouts look what it's done for them but the idea of these on a roundabout is a conflict and do little to help traffic flow which is the reason roundabouts I were introduced in the first place although many countries manage adequately without them. ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 1

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