Transport infrastructure growth deal

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


July 2019

  • Carl Fogarty Way and Gorse Street are now fully open to the travelling public
  • The Council will be advertising a Traffic Regulation Order to restrict parking on one side of Thornley Avenue which will enable two way through traffic to/from Carl Fogarty Way
  • Carriageway lining will also be updated at the junction of Kenyons Haulage, Thornley Avenue and Burnley Road
  • Council Highways to undertake repairs to the bell traffic bollard and pavement which has recently been damaged
  • Directional Signage to Blackburn Town Centre on Red Lion Roundabout to be completed
  • Signage for businesses on order to be installed August 2019

June 2019

  • Gorse Street service diversion works (Virgin Media) are now complete
  • Thornley Avenue onto the new link: construction and lining complete but opening-up awaiting Traffic Regulation Order to restrict parking on the Kenyons side
  • Final surfacing works will be completed week commencing 17th June 2019
  • Short term road closures from 19th – 21st June 2019 will restrict access into the Tesco car park – from 730am until mid-afternoon each day
  • Allotment access to be revised from 21st June 2019
  • Landscaping works including the planting of new trees and construction of stone feature walls
  • Final installation of street signage, road markings and final commissioning of traffic signals
  • Back Burnley Road to be cleaned up – letter drop to affected residents undertaken
  • Carl Fogarty Way and Gorse Street to be opened on Wednesday 26th June 2019
  • Off peak closure of Burnley Road planned for 27th June 2019 to accommodate revised road markings and new dropped kerbs at Red Lion Roundabout
  • Download the third version of the scheme newsletter below

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 below.

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.

  • 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


Package 2: North Blackburn Updates November 2019 Brownhill Roundabout: - Upgrade signals from basic loop detection to MOVA and landscaping / tree installation week commencing 4th November 2019 - Additional footway reconstruction works start from 8th November 2019 - Final signal installation: gantry brackets from 11th November 2019 - Gully cleaning and a landscaping tidy-up has been undertaken on Brownhill Drive Pleckgate Road: Junction complete bar additional signal for driveway and remote control equipment Whalley Old Road: Continuation of closure – Traffic Signal Controller awaiting Factory Acceptance Test with suppliers Dynniq. Junction to be opened up late November Emerald Avenue: Civil Engineering works ongoing. Additional ducting for controller base now installed. On-site installation of signals programmed for mid November Four Lane Ends: - Civil Engineering works continue - Weekend / day time road closures booked on 30th Nov / 1st Dec and 7th / 8th Dec

October 2019

  • Brownhill Roundabout: New traffic signals commissioned on Friday 27th September with the temporary overhead system now removed. The final activity is to link signals at Brownhill and Pleckgate – this is programmed to take place mid October.
  • Pleckgate Road: Final controller commissioning completed on 13th September.
  • Whalley Old Road: Due to a necessary change to the traffic signal controller configuration there has been a delay to the testing and delivery date, which in turn has put back the date for the commissioning of the traffic signals on site. The vast majority of the civils and traffic signal installation is now complete, with some minor works still outstanding. However if the junctions were to re-open now, two sets of temporary traffic signals will be required. It is believed running these signals will have a greater negative impact on traffic than the current layout with the south section of Whalley Old Road closed. It has therefore been agreed that the optimum solution would be to keep the south section closed. This will create the appearance that no works are ongoing during this time as very few workers will be on this site. All efforts are being made to reduce the lead in times for the controller configuration and commissioning, and if an earlier commission date is secured, the traffic management will be removed as soon as it is safe to do so. We apologise for any inconvenience caused as a result of this unavoidable delay.
  • Emerald Avenue: Works are ongoing to upgrade this key junction.

September 2019

  • Brownhill Roundabout: Surfacing is now complete with line marking (stop lines and double yellow lines) set to complete Friday 6th September 2019. In terms of signals, the new gantry base is now installed, signal cabling has started with poles to follow. Signal heads will complete the project package with commissioning set to complete at the start of October 2019.
  • Pleckgate Road: Final controller commissioning is ongoing with the project package due to complete by late September 2019.
  • Whalley Old Road: The closure of Whalley Old Road will be extended into September in order to minimise disruption to Sunnybower / Brownhill Drive / Whitebirk Drive. Permanent traffic signal installation is progressing. Surfacing reinstatements to the junction area will be undertaken on the 6th and 7th September 2019. The Whalley Old Road junction closure will be removed as soon as the new traffic signal control equipment is fully operational.
  • Emerald Avenue: The long awaited upgrade of Emerald Avenue will commence from 16th September, including changes to kerbing and new traffic signal equipment. The site compound is being set up on a section of Roe Lee Park, with the grassed area to be reinstated when the project is complete. Traffic cones will be in place on Brownhill Drive to ensure safe working for operatives and the safety of general traffic.

August 2019

  • Pleckgate Road junction: final installation and commissioning of new traffic signals to commence at the start of August 2019
  • Brownhill Roundabout: Resurfacing works to commence on 12th August 2019 for 3 weeks (Monday to Friday working). Lane closures will be in place in the off-peak period and parked vehicles will be notified in advance to enable the delivery of works. The signals upgrade to the junction will follow on from the resurfacing.
  • Whalley Old Road: works progressing well with works to islands, ducting and street lighting underway. Siemens will be de-commissioning the old signal equipment at the start of August 2019. Emerald Avenue signals works to commence at the end of August 2019

July 2019

  • Temporary overhead traffic signals at Brownhill Roundabout are now installed and operational, with old signals and the gantry now removed from site
  • Resurfacing at Brownhill Roundabout is planned to take place in mid August for a 2 week period (Monday to Fridays off peak) to co-incide with quieter school holidays – further detail to follow
  • Traffic signal ducting, tactile paving, pedestrian guardrail installation, drainage and surfacing works are complete at Pleckgate Road / Ramsgreave Drive
  • The Pleckgate Road traffic signal installation is to start at the end of July 2019 with Siemens
  • Whalley Old Road street lighting and groundworks are progressing with older concrete columns in the central reservation now taken out
  • Specifications for upgraded signals at Emerald Avenue and Four Lane Ends are being finalised with delivery within the timescales of the major scheme
  • An 8 week closure of Whalley Old Road will commence on Monday 15th July (between Tintern Crescent and Whitebirk Drive) to Works enable the works to be carried out safely
  • A replacement shuttle bus will be in operation for Sunnybower passengers, connecting with the regular service bus number 3 (Blackburn to Sunnybower) at Tintern Crescent.

June 2019

  • Traffic signal ducting, tactile paving and drainage works complete at Pleckgate Road
  • Surfacing works are ongoing ahead of Traffic Signal Installation
  • Pedestrian guardrail delivered to site for installation
  • Pleckgate traffic signals are to be installed in the second half of July 2019
  • Works will continue to carriageway and footway surfacing at Pleckgate Road
  • Temporary traffic signals will be amended at Brownhill to enable final signals equipment and new gantry and base installation

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 below

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 below.
  • Pleckgate Road / Ramsgreave Drive (Knowles Arms) junction improvement, including new traffic signal equipment. View the general arrangement drawing below.
  • 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 below.

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.

November 2019

The Council has given notice that it has made, and submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport for confirmation, two Orders under section 14 of the Highways Act 1980, for authorising the Council to:

  • carry out highways improvements at Haslingden Road and Blackamoor Road/Roman Road
  • stop up parts of Haslingden Road
  • construct new highway at Haslingden Road and Blackamoor Road / Roman Road
  • provide new means of access at Haslingden Road

Copies of the order and relevant plans may be inspected free of charge at all reasonable hours from the date of this notice at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council reception desk Town Hall, King William Street, Blackburn, or downloaded by the links available on this webpage.

October 2019

September 2019

  • Following on from the Growth Deal 3 information events which took place at the start of 2019 at Evolution Park and St James’ Church Lower Darwen, the Council has submitted planning applications in relation to Haslingden Road widening and the creation of the new Blackamoor Road Link Road
  • Site notices will be posted and further statutory correspondence will be sent to properties directly adjacent to the proposed works
  • More details and view the applications. Access to the internet is also available at Council libraries, Darwen Town Hall and Blackburn Town Hall.
  • A statutory period of consultation will follow, and your views are invited on the applications by the Council as part of the process.
  • The Council’s Planning Committee will consider the applications in December 2019.

Haslingden Road widening

Blackamoor Road link road