Burnley traffic woes set to get worse

Trafalgar Street will be closed to traffic. Below, County Coun John Fillis

Trafalgar Street will be closed to traffic. Below, County Coun John Fillis

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BURNLEY’S traffic woes are set to worsen later this month as one of the main gateways into the town is closed for improvements.

Trafalgar Street is set to close from 6am to 9pm for a fortnight from August 29 to allow for resurfacing work.

County Coun Tony Martin, whose Burnley Central West ward includes Trafalgar Street, said he had been getting complaints ‘daily’ from residents fed up with lengthy tailbacks.

Road users have been advised to travel via Burnham Gate, which is already experiencing heavy traffic because of work on the Westway roundabout.

Four-way temporary traffic lights at the junction of Accrington Road and Rossendale Road, to allow for work by Electricity North West, have also caused misery for commuters trying to reach the town centre.

Coun Martin said: “It’s a case of ‘damned if they do and damned if the don’t’. I’m getting emails from people daily because of the effects its had on their journey times. I’ve experienced it myself; you’re trying to go this way and that and it’s just all roadworks. It would seem this government has realised this area has suffered from under-investment for many years.

“And now they’re falling over themselves to get all the work done at once.”

Whittlefield with Ightenhill councillor Mathew Isherwood slammed the number of ongoing roadworks in Burnley as ‘ridiculous’. But Lancashire County Council said that it had warned business and residents of the work in April.

County Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "This investment will make a real difference to visitors' first impressions of Burnley.”

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2:34pm Thu 7 Aug 14

rudis_dad says...

I fail to see how it's the government's fault. OK, they'll have some involvement in that they'll provide some of the funding, but they don't do the planning. Surely that's down to LCC.

The investment's welcome, but it me that little thought has gone into the scheduling of these schemes to have them all running concurrently.
I fail to see how it's the government's fault. OK, they'll have some involvement in that they'll provide some of the funding, but they don't do the planning. Surely that's down to LCC. The investment's welcome, but it me that little thought has gone into the scheduling of these schemes to have them all running concurrently. rudis_dad
  • Score: 8

3:21pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Mikeee47 says...

Im off to Accy shopping, simple boycott the town
Im off to Accy shopping, simple boycott the town Mikeee47
  • Score: 1

5:33pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Me Telling You says...

People moan when the roads are in a poor state and what them sorting but when they actually sort them they moan as well people just need to get a grip there's more important things to worry about
People moan when the roads are in a poor state and what them sorting but when they actually sort them they moan as well people just need to get a grip there's more important things to worry about Me Telling You
  • Score: 3

6:18pm Thu 7 Aug 14

mick717 says...

Yes the work needs to be done but why all at the same time every way you go in and out off burnley there are road works I live in burnley as normal it takes me no less then ten mins to get home but now with road works all over it has take me over 30 to 45 mins.
Yes the work needs to be done but why all at the same time every way you go in and out off burnley there are road works I live in burnley as normal it takes me no less then ten mins to get home but now with road works all over it has take me over 30 to 45 mins. mick717
  • Score: 12

7:39pm Thu 7 Aug 14

rudis_dad says...

Me Telling You wrote:
People moan when the roads are in a poor state and what them sorting but when they actually sort them they moan as well people just need to get a grip there's more important things to worry about
There's no escaping the fact that it's ****-poor planning on the part of the council. There's absolutely no excuse for everything to be done at once and cause the inconvenience that it is doing. At if it absolutely has to be done right now, why can't the work at Gannow and on the M65 be done at night when there's far less traffic? No idea some people.
[quote][p][bold]Me Telling You[/bold] wrote: People moan when the roads are in a poor state and what them sorting but when they actually sort them they moan as well people just need to get a grip there's more important things to worry about[/p][/quote]There's no escaping the fact that it's ****-poor planning on the part of the council. There's absolutely no excuse for everything to be done at once and cause the inconvenience that it is doing. At if it absolutely has to be done right now, why can't the work at Gannow and on the M65 be done at night when there's far less traffic? No idea some people. rudis_dad
  • Score: 12

8:07pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Me Telling You says...

O well bit of bad luck set of earlier
O well bit of bad luck set of earlier Me Telling You
  • Score: -2

8:27pm Thu 7 Aug 14

ejhanns says...

I live just round the corner the road works are bad enough as it is why cant they work through the night instead of causing more disruption
I live just round the corner the road works are bad enough as it is why cant they work through the night instead of causing more disruption ejhanns
  • Score: 10

9:19pm Thu 7 Aug 14

masher50 says...

Some one is responsible for allowing multiple works to be done all at once. Between the Mitre / Gannow works, the Willie Holts lights work, and the partial closure of the M65 in the area, it's made the west of Burnley a nightmare. No-one doubts the work needs doing, and many will be glad when it IS done, but to schedule so much at the same time shows a lcontempt for residents and road users alike.
Some one is responsible for allowing multiple works to be done all at once. Between the Mitre / Gannow works, the Willie Holts lights work, and the partial closure of the M65 in the area, it's made the west of Burnley a nightmare. No-one doubts the work needs doing, and many will be glad when it IS done, but to schedule so much at the same time shows a lcontempt for residents and road users alike. masher50
  • Score: 8

9:41pm Thu 7 Aug 14

OllyPolly says...

And now the electricity works on Accrington Road - there's no escape!!
P*** poor planning for everything to be happening all at once - simple as.
And now the electricity works on Accrington Road - there's no escape!! P*** poor planning for everything to be happening all at once - simple as. OllyPolly
  • Score: 7

10:32pm Thu 7 Aug 14

slants says...

This investment will make a real difference to visitors' first impressions of Burnley.”
hahahha unreal they pick a road that was and is inadequte for traffic 100 years ago and then let people build all kinds of cr@p drive in shops on it apart from the nonsense council buildings and then they realise its not wide enough or good enough for the purpose so they then divert more traffic onto it from the centre and gannow hahahaha bizarre.gateway to Burnley hahahahahahha
This investment will make a real difference to visitors' first impressions of Burnley.” hahahha unreal they pick a road that was and is inadequte for traffic 100 years ago and then let people build all kinds of cr@p drive in shops on it apart from the nonsense council buildings and then they realise its not wide enough or good enough for the purpose so they then divert more traffic onto it from the centre and gannow hahahaha bizarre.gateway to Burnley hahahahahahha slants
  • Score: -3

12:13pm Fri 8 Aug 14

rhodie110961 says...

The idiot that authorised every thing to happen at the same time should be sacked.
The idiot that authorised every thing to happen at the same time should be sacked. rhodie110961
  • Score: 1

1:25pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Graham Hartley says...

So many here display intimate knowledge of the town and some admit to living there. Isn't that just too much, even with the anonymity afforded by pseudonyms? Oh, there are amenities; once I would fiddle quite regularly with a woman who lived on Olympia Street, but never at her address.
So many here display intimate knowledge of the town and some admit to living there. Isn't that just too much, even with the anonymity afforded by pseudonyms? Oh, there are amenities; once I would fiddle quite regularly with a woman who lived on Olympia Street, but never at her address. Graham Hartley
  • Score: 0

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