Motorists heading between Longridge and Preston are facing extended journeys due to a run of roadworks.Advertisement
Three different sets of roadworks are currently in operation at various points along Preston Road in Grimsargh and at Whittingham Road in Longridge.
It’s leading to delays of more than half-an-hour at the morning and evening rush hour for those trying to head into the city centre and also out to Longridge or Grimsargh.
Sue Lomax is one of many drivers to take to social media to complain about the delays.
She said: “It was absolute gridlock on Monday when all these roadworks started.
“The bridge through Grimsargh is particularly bad at the moment.”
– Highway improvement works at the Stonebridge roundabout in Whittingham Road, Longridge, with manually controlled signals between 7am and 7pm. These works are due to go on until late October.
– Two new access points, a bus stop and white lines are being put in at the junction with Whittingham Lane to the junction with Pinfold Lane in Preston Road, Grimsargh. Two-way signals are in operation from 9.30am-3pm. These works will go on until just before Christmas.
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– Sewer work is ongoing to install a new chamber on top of an existing stone box culvert opposite John Turners entrance way in Preston Road in Grimsargh. This work is ongoing until Friday 5 October.
And just about to start are works by Electricity North West to put in a ‘joint bay’ along 400 metres of track opposite Spout Farm to the junction with Chapel Hill in Preston Road, Longridge. They start on Monday 1 October and run until the end of November.
A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “We work with utility companies and developers to coordinate roadworks, to ensure as far as possible that they don’t have an unacceptable impact, however people may sometimes encounter a number of works on one of their regular journeys depending on the route they take.
“There are a number of work sites around Longridge at the moment associated with planning permissions for new development, as well as sites relating to other necessary work to maintain infrastructure and utilities.
“Where possible we have applied conditions to permits for work affecting the highway, including limiting working hours to off-peak, or requiring traffic management to be carried out manually, to help traffic flow efficiently. A number of requests for work to be carried out are being scheduled to take place only when the ongoing works have been completed.”
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