United Utilities works to shut roads near Grimsargh for months

Posted on - 26th October, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Grimsargh, Preston News, Roads, Transport
Haighton Green Lane where the pumping station will be put in Pic: Google
Haighton Green Lane where the pumping station will be put in Pic: Google

Major sewer works are to close a busy rural route near Grimsargh for months.


United Utilities are putting in a new pumping station off Haighton Green Lane to serve new homes being built in the Whittingham area.

The new pipework will run a total of 2.8km and go under Whittingham Lane and Cow Hill to join an existing pumping station.

A section of Haighton Green Lane will close from the junction with Brabiner Lane to the first property on the right-hand side coming from the Brabiner Lane direction.

The closure starts from Monday (29 October) and lasts until Friday 21 December.

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Resident Jonathan Day has written to Lancashire County Council about what he brands the ‘unreasonable’ length of time it will be closed.

Jonathan and his partner
Jonathan and his partner

He said: “I live in Grimsargh and travel via Haighton Green Lane every day on the way to and from work in Lancaster. Whilst there are possible diversions, these will increase travel times considerably due to extra distance and large volumes of traffic at peak times.

“In addition, my partner is expecting a baby in December and this will make the journey between our home in Grimsargh and the Hospital somewhat more stressful.

“I hope you will consider ways to limit the considerable inconvenience that this extended closure will cause.”

A spokeswoman for United Utilities said they were sorry for any inconvenience the work was due to cause.

She told Blog Preston: “We need to lay this new 2.8km sewer to meet the needs of the growing population and new developments in this part of Preston, which means we need to work in the roadway. Unfortunately, for the safety of our staff and other road users we will need to close the road temporarily while work is under way.

“Road diversions will be signposted, but the closures may add to the length of some local journeys and people may need to allow extra time to make their journeys. We will be working hard to get the work completed safely so we can re-open the affected roads as soon as we can.”

This graphic from United Utilities shows where the work will be
This graphic from United Utilities shows where the work will be

Two further road closures will take place during the November for Cow Hill, which will last until early February next year.

And part of Whittingham Lane will close from early January until mid-March next year.

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Workmen are due to be on site between 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and United Utilities said it will let residents know if they need to do evening or weekend work.

Anyone wanting more information or who has questions can call 03456723723 quoting project number MMB.80054392.

Do you live in the area? What do you think about the roadworks? Let me know in the comments below

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