Roadworks, roadworks everywhere

Residents Dick and Muriel Barron with Coun Mike Otter at the roadworks on Stanifield Lane, Farington
Residents Dick and Muriel Barron with Coun Mike Otter at the roadworks on Stanifield Lane, Farington
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“There seem to be diversion signs around every corner at the minute.”

Roadworks are taking over in Leyland, as main roads have been closed and diversions are sending people round the bend.

Stanifield Lane in Farington is shut for much-needed drainage work, and Towngate and School Lane were also closed last week.

Coun Mike Otter, who represents Farington at South Ribble Council, said: “The roadworks are causing a lot of traffic build-up around Stanifield Lane, and the diversions are sending drivers round the back estates, so it’s quite chaotic.

“I’ve had quite a few complaints from elderly people who use the buses, because they have to walk a lot further to reach their stops now, and I sympathise with the impact the roadworks are having on people. There seem to be diversion signs around every corner at the minute.”

Work in Farington is expected to last for another week, but Coun Otter says it’ll be worth the inconvenience when it’s finished.

“There have been a lot of flooding problems round here over the years,” he said. “The end result is much-needed and will be a great benefit; it’s just causing people to suffer a little bit at the moment.”

The work at Towngate and School Lane, near Hough Lane, is now complete and the roads are open as usual, after they were closed during last week’s school half-term.

Julie Lawton, senior highways engineer at Lancashire County Council, said: “The work on Stanifield Lane and Moss Lane is still ongoing.

“This is more complicated as a blocked culvert is very inaccessible meaning the repair work takes longer.

“We’ve co-ordinated our work so we carry out our repair scheme at the same time as United Utilities, who are working on a sewer connection for Farington Lodge to avoid the same piece of road having to be closed more than once.”

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