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


November 2018 update: 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

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.

A drop in event will be held at St Gabriel's Church Hall, Brownhill Drive, Blackburn BB1 9BA, on Wednesday, September 5th, between 4pm and 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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