Blackburn traffic chaos set to continue

Blackburn Citizen: Temporary traffic lights failed Temporary traffic lights failed

COMMUTERS are set to experience another morning of traffic chaos after a water pipe burst on a major route into Blackburn town centre.

Drivers were caught in tailbacks of more than two miles along Burnley Road, Bottomgate and Eanam on Monday morning, with temporary traffic lights in place to try to filter the vehicles.

A water pipe burst on Friday afternoon, and although it was repaired over the weekend, the area was still waiting to be surfaced. The traffic lights also failed during the busiest part of the morning, causing more frustration for those trying to get to work, and the jam to stretch back to the Whitebirk roundabout.

A police car with its sirens blaring and its lights flashing struggled to get through the line of traffic, with cars having to go through the traffic lights to eventually allow it to pass. Angry drivers said their usual 10-minute journey turned into an hour of stopping, and starting.

One said: “It was a total inconvenience.

“If something happened on Friday, you would have thought by Monday United Utilities should have had it sorted, especially bec-ause it is one of the busiest roads into the town centre. I was late for an important meet-ing. I think they should have had diversions in place.”

Another added: “I couldn’t believe it. I almost burned out my clutch on the steep hill at the top of Burnley Road.

“It took an hour to move two miles.

“When I finally reached the faulty temporary traffic light at Eanam, there wasn’t even a policeman directing the traffic.

“People were furious about it.”

A spokesman for United Utilities apologised for the inconvenience caused.

He said: “This has now been fixed, and the road is being repaired and surfaced.

“Our aim is to have the road fully back open this afternoon.

“We’re sorry for the impact this has had on commuters.”

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6:03pm Mon 2 Jun 14

ConcernedOssy says...

SO WHAT'S NEW !!
SO WHAT'S NEW !! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 10

6:07pm Mon 2 Jun 14

ConcernedOssy says...

ConcernedOssy wrote:
SO WHAT'S NEW !!
United utilities are constantly causing mayhem is it part of their Contract ?? it appears to be their most efficient trate !!
[quote][p][bold]ConcernedOssy[/bold] wrote: SO WHAT'S NEW !![/p][/quote]United utilities are constantly causing mayhem is it part of their Contract ?? it appears to be their most efficient trate !! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 17

6:15pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Bluelizzy says...

I have driven from one end of Europe to the other and experienced less inconvenience.
In France, road crews work 24/7 to get the job done fast. As the guys are filling in the hole, the tarmac trucks and rollers are there waiting for them to finish.
I have driven from one end of Europe to the other and experienced less inconvenience. In France, road crews work 24/7 to get the job done fast. As the guys are filling in the hole, the tarmac trucks and rollers are there waiting for them to finish. Bluelizzy
  • Score: 19

8:34pm Mon 2 Jun 14

M.DANNY says...

Twenty years ago they were going to widened this road to four lanes from M65 Burnley Road to Eanam roundabout linking Barbara Castle Way.
This road has always been busiest route from M65 and Burnley and Accrington.
The burst water pipe was happened on Friday so United Utilities should have the road crews filled that road up by Sunday before the busy traffic on Monday morning.
Twenty years ago they were going to widened this road to four lanes from M65 Burnley Road to Eanam roundabout linking Barbara Castle Way. This road has always been busiest route from M65 and Burnley and Accrington. The burst water pipe was happened on Friday so United Utilities should have the road crews filled that road up by Sunday before the busy traffic on Monday morning. M.DANNY
  • Score: 15

8:52pm Mon 2 Jun 14

woolywords says...

Bluelizzy wrote:
I have driven from one end of Europe to the other and experienced less inconvenience.
In France, road crews work 24/7 to get the job done fast. As the guys are filling in the hole, the tarmac trucks and rollers are there waiting for them to finish.
Ahh but, this is England..
Where normal rules and common sense, do not apply!

It has to be inspected, by an Inspector, whom submits a report to his superintendent, that passes it on, to his district supervisor, then to the..
whatever, where nothing gets done, on the grounds of urgency.

Did I mention that, for every hole, dug in the path, the utilities, pay a fee to the borough, for it's reinstatement?
It's a little known thing, that they never tell you about...
All holes, are temporary things, where the borough claims, full portion of it, Yet, denies liability for it.
Which part of stupid do I live in, where they don't make good, that which that, they were paid for?
Don't make me think of funds, misappropriated here, or I'll get a right rant going here.
They wouldn't, would they?
Divert road funds, to something else, would they?
[quote][p][bold]Bluelizzy[/bold] wrote: I have driven from one end of Europe to the other and experienced less inconvenience. In France, road crews work 24/7 to get the job done fast. As the guys are filling in the hole, the tarmac trucks and rollers are there waiting for them to finish.[/p][/quote]Ahh but, this is England.. Where normal rules and common sense, do not apply! It has to be inspected, by an Inspector, whom submits a report to his superintendent, that passes it on, to his district supervisor, then to the.. whatever, where nothing gets done, on the grounds of urgency. Did I mention that, for every hole, dug in the path, the utilities, pay a fee to the borough, for it's reinstatement? It's a little known thing, that they never tell you about... All holes, are temporary things, where the borough claims, full portion of it, Yet, denies liability for it. Which part of stupid do I live in, where they don't make good, that which that, they were paid for? Don't make me think of funds, misappropriated here, or I'll get a right rant going here. They wouldn't, would they? Divert road funds, to something else, would they? woolywords
  • Score: 10

9:39pm Mon 2 Jun 14

woolywords says...

I will stand upon what I know....
This Borough is paid, by both Government, and the Utilities,
to make good the roads,
yet they chose to disperse those monies, to other things.

Therefore I make this open accusation, where they have, failed the peoples of this place, by moving funds, to where they were not gifted.
You, found that, the recently opened extension of Barbara Castle Way was in need of resurfacing, outside the Capita building; yet Bolton Road has been in greater need, for longer.
And, by that very fact, you stand accused...

Did any one of you, claim back from the layers of that road way; it's unfit for purpose?
It's broken down in 10 years; where the roads in Germany, built under Hitler, are still roadworthy.
You really do, play into my Germanic hands here.

Given the way that you run this place, one could easily find enough like minded dissenters, to create, where we break our bonds...some awesome stroke of luck, kind of par, out there..
With just, with the right concepts, right notes, of some tune, to strike a chord, in an disparate humanity, to stop us being, mere slaves of them..
The fact is, they never went to the Moon
You were sold a lie,
I will stand upon what I know.... This Borough is paid, by both Government, and the Utilities, to make good the roads, yet they chose to disperse those monies, to other things. Therefore I make this open accusation, where they have, failed the peoples of this place, by moving funds, to where they were not gifted. You, found that, the recently opened extension of Barbara Castle Way was in need of resurfacing, outside the Capita building; yet Bolton Road has been in greater need, for longer. And, by that very fact, you stand accused... Did any one of you, claim back from the layers of that road way; it's unfit for purpose? It's broken down in 10 years; where the roads in Germany, built under Hitler, are still roadworthy. You really do, play into my Germanic hands here. Given the way that you run this place, one could easily find enough like minded dissenters, to create, where we break our bonds...some awesome stroke of luck, kind of par, out there.. With just, with the right concepts, right notes, of some tune, to strike a chord, in an disparate humanity, to stop us being, mere slaves of them.. The fact is, they never went to the Moon You were sold a lie, woolywords
  • Score: 9

10:23am Tue 3 Jun 14

vicn1956 says...

Remember the recent earthquakes in Japan?
In less than 2 weeks they REBUILT a 20 mile stretch of 6 lane motorway!
How many YEARS would that have taken here?
Remember the recent earthquakes in Japan? In less than 2 weeks they REBUILT a 20 mile stretch of 6 lane motorway! How many YEARS would that have taken here? vicn1956
  • Score: 3

10:25am Tue 3 Jun 14

vicn1956 says...

Woolly words- if you believe they didn't land on the moon- you invalidate everything you say. You do have some pertinent points to make but really.........
Woolly words- if you believe they didn't land on the moon- you invalidate everything you say. You do have some pertinent points to make but really......... vicn1956
  • Score: -2

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