Music to ears of Leyland residents after noisy manhole saga

WORK: Turpin Green Lane in Leyland, which will be shut while work is carried out
WORK: Turpin Green Lane in Leyland, which will be shut while work is carried out

Rattling manhole covers that have been blighting residents for over a decade will soon be a thing of the past.

United Utilities will be closing off Turpin Green Lane in Leyland on Saturday for two weeks to remove the six offending articles.

Ward Coun Derek Forrest said: “I’ve heard endless complaints about this from residents of Turpin Green Lane ever since I became a councillor 12 years ago.

“Every time something drives over a manhole it rattles, and Turpin Green Lane takes a surprising amount of heavy traffic at all times of day, so this noise has been going on all night too, keeping people awake.

“Over the years there have been various things tried after residents have contacted United Utilities, but nothing’s seemed to work.”

He added: “Closing the road off for two weeks will cause traffic problems throughout the town centre, so I do hope that what they are doing will finally stops this wretched noise.”

A United Utilities spokesman said: “We know for homeowners living along Turpin Green Lane our work to remove the manhole covers will be very much welcomed.

“However we’re aware this is a busy commuter road and we would urge all motorists who use this road for their daily commute to leave a little extra time during the two weeks we will have the road closed.”

The six rattling covers will be replaced with two located out of the wheel line of traffic.

Old covers will be replaced with specially-designed pre-cast concrete and tarmacked over to finish road level.