Growth Deal Transport Infrastructure

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The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership has secured £320 million from the Government's Local Growth Fund to support economic growth in the area through the Growth Deal. The Lancashire Growth Deal as agreed with Government aims to realise the growth potential of the whole of Lancashire, building on key local economic assets and high-value business clusters.

The deal will help to:

  • Create up to 11,000 jobs and 3,900 new homes
  • Attract £1.2 billion of new private sector investment to Lancashire

The Pennine Gateways project in Blackburn with Darwen, funded through the Growth Deal will deliver key transport infrastructure improvements at three of the main gateways into Blackburn with Darwen off the M65 motorway at junctions 4, 5 and 6. Investment at these adjoining gateways will extend the concept of the Hyndburn – Burnley – Pendle Growth Corridor to the M65 Growth Corridor and will release the potential of a number of adjacent strategic sites to attract and accelerate new development opportunities. Major transport improvements will act as a catalyst for new housing and commercial development, contributing to the delivery of the Council's adopted Local Plan targets for new homes, businesses and jobs.

Package 1: Furthergate


May 2019

  • Priorities have changed adjacent to Gorse Street and part of the new road construction is now in use
  • Surfacing continuing to go down on the Main Link Road
  • Signal works to the new Burnley Road/Gorse Street junction have commenced involving ducting and chambers
  • Thornley Avenue access works to commence mid May 2019
  • Gorse Street: Virgin media diversions and strengthening to commence later in May 2019
  • Dialogue to continue with local businesses re signage
  • Carl Fogarty Way details

March 2019

  • Tarmac base and binder course on the new Link Road to Red Lion Roundabout are now complete
  • Edging kerbs and traffic islands are now installed
  • Week commencing 11th March 2019: Gorse Street at the Burnley Road end will close to facilitate the construction and tie in of the new line of Gorse Street
  • Access to Tesco will be maintained throughout via Harwood Street (Main Entrance) and the Gorse Street Canal Bridge (Petrol Station)
  • Traffic management arrangements will continue on the section of Burnley Road towards Accrington Road
  • Paths and Landscaping works will commence adjacent to Esther Street
  • End March 2019: Planing and resurfacing of the existing Burnley Road as part of the new / old Burnley Road junction arrangements

February 2019

  • Further ducting works are being put in to facilitate street lighting/CCTV and traffic signals
  • Ground conditions have been challenging in the vicinity of Kenyons Haulage, with additional ground and baseworks required
  • Kerbing is going in on the new link and at the new Gorse Street, with edging works to the back of footpaths
  • Electricity North West are largely complete bar a diverted electricity supply to the Hole House area
  • Cones are now in on Burnley Road to enable completion of statutory utility diversions and construction of tie in of the existing Burnley Road with the new link road
  • There will be a partial closure of Gorse Street at the end of March - Further details will be advertised
  • Tarmac base and binder courses will commence week commencing 18th February 2019  

December 2018: The project is currently on week 12 of the programme and the following progress has been made:

  • Earthworks are now largely complete
  • Drainage installation ongoing - with gullies being installed
  • Gas / Electric / Virgin Media / BT diversions to start in January 2019
  • Japanese Knotweed adjacent to 135 Burnley Road and the former Hole House Public House has been dug out and removed
  • Ducting works for Street Lighting / CCTV / Traffic Signals will commence later in the month
  • Trees adjacent to the new Burnley Road Link Road corridor will be felled to enable early progress in relation to development plots

View the first site newsletter.

November 2018: The project has now been on site for 6 weeks and initial construction capping to the new highway link between Gorse Street and Red Lion Roundabout is complete.

Gorse Street will be temporarily closed from Monday 5th November 2018 for one week, to accommodate service diversions before the newly created Burnley Road / Gorse Street signalised junction can be constructed. Advanced warning signs are in-situ and diversion routes will be advertised.

October 2018: The site compound has been set up adjacent to Gorse Street and groundworks commenced on the weekend of 29th/30th September. October will see construction begin on the Gorse Street to Red Lion Roundabout link road. A temporary closure of Gorse Street is proposed in November 2018 (exact dates to be confirmed) to enable diversion of Statutory Utilities under the road prior to construction of the new signalised junction. Advanced warning signs will be placed on site and diversion routes will be signed.

August 2018 : The Council has formally appointed Eric Wright Civil Engineering to deliver the project package following a procurement exercise and on-ground activity will commence in September 2018. Some initial works will be undertaken in relation to the removal of invasive species of plant (Cotoneaster) which will enable the site compound to be set up adjacent to Gorse Street.

June 2018 : The Furthergate / Burnley Road Link Road project has now received approval in principle from the Transport for Lancashire Committee, and will be presented to the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership Board for Full Approval on 26th June 2018.

The following documents are now available:

  • Completion of the Burnley Road Link Road
  • Phase 2 Red Lion roundabout (Kenyons Haulage) to Gorse Street (Tesco) which includes a new piece of highway infrastructure to further open up surrounding land for employment
  • Site access improvements - improved Gorse Street / Burnley Road signalised junction arrangements
  • Enables future development of Council owned land bounded by the existing Burnley Road and the Leeds Liverpool Canal and improved access to Greenbank Industrial Estate and Imperial Mill areas
  • Stubs into new development plots along the alignment to be constructed including direct access into Thornley Avenue
  • New signage to advertise existing businesses proposed at the ends of Burnley Road

Package 2: North Blackburn


May 2019

  • Traffic management is still in-situ in order to facilitate safe working on the site
  • Effectiveness of traffic flows and movements, especially at peak times, is being monitored by the Council
  • Kerbing and drainage construction works continue at Pleckgate Road and Brownhill Junctions
  • Islands at Pleckgate Road are now formed with pavement works progressing
  • Resurfacing at Pleckgate Road planned for mid/late June 2019
  • Emerald Avenue and Four Lane Ends signal equipment will also be upgraded and are planned to co-incide with the delivery of the major scheme
  • Download the first Blackburn North site newsletter

March 2019 update #2

  • Construction of the total Growth Deal North Blackburn project began on 11th March 2019
  • The construction programme consists of a 40 week time period and covers the three project elements of Brownhill, Pleckgate Road and Whalley Old Road junctions
  • Works will be limited to off-peak wherever possible to minimise disruption
  • The Council has considered longer working hours i.e. evenings and weekends but is aware of the residential nature of the corridor and the close proximity of houses and noise / light disruption for many during "quieter" hours
  • Re: traffic cones, the Council is following the Department for Transport's "Traffic Signs Manual" which gives guidance in relation to the design and operation of road works and temporary situations
  • As this is a dual carriageway, there are recommendations in terms of signage distance and distance between cones and active areas of work. The Council has a duty to keep highways traffic, pedestrians and workers safe
  • The Council values your feedback and is in constant contact with the Main Contractor and the Traffic Management companies regarding limiting the impact of the works for users of the highway.

March 2019

  • The project is now Fully Approved by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership for delivery
  • The Main Contractor for the works is Eric Wright Civil Engineering
  • Week commencing 11th March 2019: works will begin on site at the Brownhill and Pleckgate junctions
  • The works comprise minor kerbing works, replacement of the traffic signal infrastructure, improvements to pedestrian and cycle crossings and resurfacing of carriageways and footpaths
  • Due to the complexity of the works and the close proximity of traffic signals, works will be done under different phases of traffic management and will be restricted to off-peak hours where possible

A new project investing £2.6m to improve a key gateway to the borough at Brownhill Roundabout and nearby junctions is getting underway and proposals are ready to view.

The package of improvements is being developed as part of the wider £13m Growth Deal 3 Pennine Gateways project which will deliver key transport improvements at main gateways into Blackburn with Darwen between 2019 and 2021. The project is funded from Central Government's Local Growth Deal via the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.

Major transport improvements will act as the catalyst for new housing and commercial development, contributing to the delivery of the Council's adopted Local Plan targets for new housing, businesses and jobs.

The package of improvements is focussed on the following:

  • Brownhill roundabout – this forms a key intersection between the Ribble Valley, Blackburn Town Centre and Blackburn's major employment zones at Whitebirk, bringing wider connectivity to the M6/M65/M66 motorways. A number of designated housing sites are close to the junction, hence the need to upgrade this and adjacent junctions on the highway network. Work will include intelligent traffic signal equipment, resurfacing and Whalley New Road parking amendments and bus stop formalisation. View the general arrangement drawing.
  • Pleckgate Road / Ramsgreave Drive (Knowles Arms) junction improvement, including new traffic signal equipment. View the general arrangement drawing.
  • Whalley Old Road / Whitebirk Drive junction capacity upgrade, increases to the northbound "stacking" lane on Whitebirk Drive and new traffic signal equipment. View the general arrangement drawing.

Work at these sites will also include sustainable transport improvements for walking and cycling, highways signage, street lighting, drainage, surfacing, lining and soft and hard landscaping. There will be smart, intelligent signals to reduce congestion and queuing time for users of the highway.

Package 3: South East Blackburn

The third and final package of the Growth Deal 3 project involves the widening of Haslingden Road and the creation of a new link road at Blackamoor. The £6.8m package is the largest element of the Growth Deal and the Council proposes to:

  • Widen Haslingden Road between Guide and Royal Blackburn Hospital to three and four lanes
  • Upgrade Roundabouts at major access points along Haslingden Road including Shadsworth Road and Royal Blackburn Hospital
  • Deliver the Blackamoor Link Road: including two new junctions at Roman Road and Blackamoor Road plus a stretch of new Highway

Works are proposed to start in early 2020 and be complete by March 2021. The project will:

  • Improve congestion on the Haslingden Road corridor to / from Royal Blackburn Hospital and M65 Junction 5
  • Improve air quality at Blackamoor Junction (which is a designated Air Quality Management Area)
  • Enable further development of employment opportunities
  • Support future housing growth in the Borough

Major transport improvements will act as the catalyst for new housing and commercial development, contributing to the delivery of the Council's adopted Local Plan targets for new housing, businesses and jobs.

Two drop-in information events are being held:

  • Venue: Innovation Centre, Evolution Park, Haslingden Road, BB1 2FD: Time: Tuesday 29th January 2019, 4pm - 7pm
  • Venue: St James' Church Hall, Stopes Brow, Lower Darwen, BB3 0QP : Time: Thursday 7th February 2019, 4pm -7pm

Detailed engineering plans will be on display, as well as annotated maps, images and materials, and a summary of considered options. Council officers and scheme engineers will be on hand to answer any questions. Anyone is welcome.​​

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