£40m East Lancs travel upgrade work gets under way

Blackburn Citizen: An artist’s impression of Blackburn’s new bus station An artist’s impression of Blackburn’s new bus station

A HOST of building projects are to be carried out in the coming weeks as part of £40million transport improvements.

Pedestrian crossings, new roads and car parks will be built in areas of Darwen and Blackburn as the next phase of the Pennine Reach scheme gets into full swing.

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Starting on Monday, work at the junction of Branch Road and Bolton Road will see new pedestrian facilities while the road is to be widened with new cycling facilities installed.

It is expected to take 20 weeks to complete and temporary traffic lights will remain throughout the period of the works.

Pennine Reach is a Government-funded scheme to improve the bus network along the Accrington, Blackburn and Darwen corridor.

Improvements are almost complete at Hollins Grove Street, Darwen, with new traffic lights and pedestrian facilities installed.

The new traffic lights will be switched on in a couple of weeks once United Utilities have carried out final connections work while the street is undergoing resurfacing work. A planning application to demolish the former Lancashire Laminators site in Moss Gate, Darwen, is due before this month’s planning and highways committee and, if approved, the building will be knocked down later this month to make way for a new residents’ car park, which will be created in September.

A new car park is also due to be built at Hollins Road in Darwen. Further works in the Earcroft area include new signals at the Birch Hall Avenue junction and a new pedestrian crossing immediately north of View Road, which will commence in the New Year.

Work is also due to start at Ewood shortly where contractors are due to set up their compound in the next week.

Their first task will be to demolish the former Albion Mill in order for work to start on a new link road between the roundabout junction at Livesey Branch Road and Aqueduct Road to take traffic from Bolton Road.

Other work includes new bus shelters in Bolton Road and new traffic signals at the Catterall Street junction with Livesey Branch bion Street. Blackburn with Darwen Council regeneration chief Coun Maureen Bateson said: “Pennine Reach is aimed at reducing congestion, making public transport a more attractive option by reducing journey times and improving reliability.

“But it will also bring hundreds of new jobs as key employment sites will be opened up for redevelopment.”

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10:08am Fri 18 Jul 14

mrdd186 says...

how many years have they been trying to get us out of our cars, and on to public transport HELLO its not going to happen, spend as much money as you want it wont work this is a fact of life..
how many years have they been trying to get us out of our cars, and on to public transport HELLO its not going to happen, spend as much money as you want it wont work this is a fact of life.. mrdd186
  • Score: 19

10:09am Fri 18 Jul 14

HarryBosch says...

Another reason to stay away from Blackburn.
Another reason to stay away from Blackburn. HarryBosch
  • Score: 17

10:11am Fri 18 Jul 14

A Darener says...

Their first task will be to demolish the former Albion Mill in order for work to start on a new link road between the roundabout junction at Livesey Branch Road and Aqueduct Road to take traffic from Bolton Road."

Wasn't this mill demolished a few years ago?
Their first task will be to demolish the former Albion Mill in order for work to start on a new link road between the roundabout junction at Livesey Branch Road and Aqueduct Road to take traffic from Bolton Road." Wasn't this mill demolished a few years ago? A Darener
  • Score: 15

10:15am Fri 18 Jul 14

A Darener says...

Quote from LT.....

Albion Mill, in Albion Street opened in the 1850s, was closed due to lack of orders in 1975 and was demolished in 2010 after falling into disrepair.

I've answered my own question.
Come on LT at least check your facts.
Quote from LT..... Albion Mill, in Albion Street opened in the 1850s, was closed due to lack of orders in 1975 and was demolished in 2010 after falling into disrepair. I've answered my own question. Come on LT at least check your facts. A Darener
  • Score: 28

10:29am Fri 18 Jul 14

vicn1956 says...

You could almost excuse a national for getting this wrong but a local paper?
You could almost excuse a national for getting this wrong but a local paper? vicn1956
  • Score: 18

10:33am Fri 18 Jul 14

A Darener says...

Starting on Monday, work at the junction of Branch Road and Bolton Road will see new pedestrian facilities while the road is to be widened with new cycling facilities installed. "

This work started at least two, three weeks ago!
Starting on Monday, work at the junction of Branch Road and Bolton Road will see new pedestrian facilities while the road is to be widened with new cycling facilities installed. " This work started at least two, three weeks ago! A Darener
  • Score: 16

10:35am Fri 18 Jul 14

Lankygirl says...

A Darener wrote:
Quote from LT.....

Albion Mill, in Albion Street opened in the 1850s, was closed due to lack of orders in 1975 and was demolished in 2010 after falling into disrepair.

I've answered my own question.
Come on LT at least check your facts.
Perhaps it's a new job creation scheme for a demolition team to demolish a non-existent mill! ;-)

I've just read this article with dismay, as I have to travel from Livesey Branch Road to Darwen twice a week and there is no alternative route apart from through all the roadworks :-(
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Quote from LT..... Albion Mill, in Albion Street opened in the 1850s, was closed due to lack of orders in 1975 and was demolished in 2010 after falling into disrepair. I've answered my own question. Come on LT at least check your facts.[/p][/quote]Perhaps it's a new job creation scheme for a demolition team to demolish a non-existent mill! ;-) I've just read this article with dismay, as I have to travel from Livesey Branch Road to Darwen twice a week and there is no alternative route apart from through all the roadworks :-( Lankygirl
  • Score: 18

10:35am Fri 18 Jul 14

Lankygirl says...

A Darener wrote:
Quote from LT.....

Albion Mill, in Albion Street opened in the 1850s, was closed due to lack of orders in 1975 and was demolished in 2010 after falling into disrepair.

I've answered my own question.
Come on LT at least check your facts.
Perhaps it's a new job creation scheme for a demolition team to demolish a non-existent mill! ;-)

I've just read this article with dismay, as I have to travel from Livesey Branch Road to Darwen twice a week and there is no alternative route apart from through all the roadworks :-(
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Quote from LT..... Albion Mill, in Albion Street opened in the 1850s, was closed due to lack of orders in 1975 and was demolished in 2010 after falling into disrepair. I've answered my own question. Come on LT at least check your facts.[/p][/quote]Perhaps it's a new job creation scheme for a demolition team to demolish a non-existent mill! ;-) I've just read this article with dismay, as I have to travel from Livesey Branch Road to Darwen twice a week and there is no alternative route apart from through all the roadworks :-( Lankygirl
  • Score: 4

10:41am Fri 18 Jul 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

mrdd186 wrote:
how many years have they been trying to get us out of our cars, and on to public transport HELLO its not going to happen, spend as much money as you want it wont work this is a fact of life..
Can you please not speak for me.

I had a car and took it off the road, my bus pass works out at close to £1000 a year which seems a lot but I'm a young male driver in a high crime area, my insurance alone was double that (without any accidents or points too).

Yeah the bus is a lot less convenient but at roughly 1/4 the running costs of a car per year for me it's quite a simple and smart choice.

I'm now using the saved money to save for a mortgage, for me that's well worth a bus ride and a little bit longer to work each morning.
[quote][p][bold]mrdd186[/bold] wrote: how many years have they been trying to get us out of our cars, and on to public transport HELLO its not going to happen, spend as much money as you want it wont work this is a fact of life..[/p][/quote]Can you please not speak for me. I had a car and took it off the road, my bus pass works out at close to £1000 a year which seems a lot but I'm a young male driver in a high crime area, my insurance alone was double that (without any accidents or points too). Yeah the bus is a lot less convenient but at roughly 1/4 the running costs of a car per year for me it's quite a simple and smart choice. I'm now using the saved money to save for a mortgage, for me that's well worth a bus ride and a little bit longer to work each morning. HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 12

11:28am Fri 18 Jul 14

the beaver says...

A Darener wrote:
Their first task will be to demolish the former Albion Mill in order for work to start on a new link road between the roundabout junction at Livesey Branch Road and Aqueduct Road to take traffic from Bolton Road."

Wasn't this mill demolished a few years ago?
More than likely they get there info from the clown hall Put a bill in for the demolition would not surprise me if they paid up!
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Their first task will be to demolish the former Albion Mill in order for work to start on a new link road between the roundabout junction at Livesey Branch Road and Aqueduct Road to take traffic from Bolton Road." Wasn't this mill demolished a few years ago?[/p][/quote]More than likely they get there info from the clown hall Put a bill in for the demolition would not surprise me if they paid up! the beaver
  • Score: 9

11:40am Fri 18 Jul 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

I love how I am getting voted down because in my personal situation a bus works better than a car.

Does anybody feel smart enough to explain why I am getting voted down for saving £3000 a year?
I love how I am getting voted down because in my personal situation a bus works better than a car. Does anybody feel smart enough to explain why I am getting voted down for saving £3000 a year? HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 9

11:43am Fri 18 Jul 14

mark anthony says...

i see no plans to improve the road system starting from rockcliff st roundabout {start of haslingden rd} all the way to guide motorway slip roads o dear me i forgot the school entrance road, old Queens park hospital entrance , oldbank lane junction and that massive hospital are all in the way!!! back to the drawing board
i see no plans to improve the road system starting from rockcliff st roundabout {start of haslingden rd} all the way to guide motorway slip roads o dear me i forgot the school entrance road, old Queens park hospital entrance , oldbank lane junction and that massive hospital are all in the way!!! back to the drawing board mark anthony
  • Score: 2

11:50am Fri 18 Jul 14

woolywords says...

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=mWGeRgFa-
hI

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Good Morning Councillor Bateson,
Since transport infrastructure is part of your remit, you will appreciate that this mission is; just for you!
Some years ago, your council decided to withdraw subsidies on bus routes that were deemed ' not viable', which allowed the bus company to virtually end a most useful service, (bus routes 12 and 5,) both of which pass through your ward. As Regeneration Supremo, you are being held accountable for this..
On Sett End Road, there are many businesses that have starting times of 0600, with bus stops sprinkled around the estate.
Your mission, should choose to accept it is; to get a bus to work in Shadsworth, for an 0600, 1400 and 2200 start, based on the current timetable. Along with, a similar bus home at the end of your shift, from the start point of Infirmary Road.
As ever, should you or any member of your regeneration team fail in this mission; the electorate will hold you personally accountable, come the election day..
Good luck Mo, you are going to need it on this one!
http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=mWGeRgFa- hI ... Good Morning Councillor Bateson, Since transport infrastructure is part of your remit, you will appreciate that this mission is; just for you! Some years ago, your council decided to withdraw subsidies on bus routes that were deemed ' not viable', which allowed the bus company to virtually end a most useful service, (bus routes 12 and 5,) both of which pass through your ward. As Regeneration Supremo, you are being held accountable for this.. On Sett End Road, there are many businesses that have starting times of 0600, with bus stops sprinkled around the estate. Your mission, should choose to accept it is; to get a bus to work in Shadsworth, for an 0600, 1400 and 2200 start, based on the current timetable. Along with, a similar bus home at the end of your shift, from the start point of Infirmary Road. As ever, should you or any member of your regeneration team fail in this mission; the electorate will hold you personally accountable, come the election day.. Good luck Mo, you are going to need it on this one! woolywords
  • Score: 11

11:59am Fri 18 Jul 14

woolywords says...

HelmshoreMan2010 wrote:
I love how I am getting voted down because in my personal situation a bus works better than a car.

Does anybody feel smart enough to explain why I am getting voted down for saving £3000 a year?
I get voted down all the time, which is a fact of life.
However, you have eschewed the smart thinking of; giving up the bus and taking a taxi..
A lot of over-priced taxi drivers on here, with no fares in the back and nothing else to do..
Hence your votes.
[quote][p][bold]HelmshoreMan2010[/bold] wrote: I love how I am getting voted down because in my personal situation a bus works better than a car. Does anybody feel smart enough to explain why I am getting voted down for saving £3000 a year?[/p][/quote]I get voted down all the time, which is a fact of life. However, you have eschewed the smart thinking of; giving up the bus and taking a taxi.. A lot of over-priced taxi drivers on here, with no fares in the back and nothing else to do.. Hence your votes. woolywords
  • Score: -10

12:00pm Fri 18 Jul 14

woolywords says...

A Darener wrote:
Their first task will be to demolish the former Albion Mill in order for work to start on a new link road between the roundabout junction at Livesey Branch Road and Aqueduct Road to take traffic from Bolton Road."

Wasn't this mill demolished a few years ago?
Shhh...
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Their first task will be to demolish the former Albion Mill in order for work to start on a new link road between the roundabout junction at Livesey Branch Road and Aqueduct Road to take traffic from Bolton Road." Wasn't this mill demolished a few years ago?[/p][/quote]Shhh... woolywords
  • Score: 0

12:05pm Fri 18 Jul 14

woolywords says...

A Darener wrote:
Quote from LT.....

Albion Mill, in Albion Street opened in the 1850s, was closed due to lack of orders in 1975 and was demolished in 2010 after falling into disrepair.

I've answered my own question.
Come on LT at least check your facts.
Look, let me explain this to you..
This article was written for those afflicted with short attention spans and others, that can't read that fast..
It may be, old hat to you..
but it's breaking news to others.
...
In a nutshell; it's nuts.
Just as nut crackers do; nuts.
Simples!
(last keystrokes, to awaken the nutter kraken, whom hates that word!)
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Quote from LT..... Albion Mill, in Albion Street opened in the 1850s, was closed due to lack of orders in 1975 and was demolished in 2010 after falling into disrepair. I've answered my own question. Come on LT at least check your facts.[/p][/quote]Look, let me explain this to you.. This article was written for those afflicted with short attention spans and others, that can't read that fast.. It may be, old hat to you.. but it's breaking news to others. ... In a nutshell; it's nuts. Just as nut crackers do; nuts. Simples! (last keystrokes, to awaken the nutter kraken, whom hates that word!) woolywords
  • Score: 3

12:12pm Fri 18 Jul 14

woolywords says...

Damned LT software editor broke my joke!
Let me do a re-write...
My apologies for not getting it right, first time!
...
Listen to this..
http://www.youtube.c

om/watch?v=mWGeRgFa-

hI
as you read this..
...
Good Morning Councillor Bateson,
Since transport infrastructure is part of your remit, you will appreciate that this mission is; just for you!
Some years ago, your council decided to withdraw subsidies on bus routes that were deemed ' not viable', which allowed the bus company to virtually end a most useful service, (bus routes 12 and 5,) both of which pass through your ward. As Regeneration Supremo, you are being held accountable for this..
On Sett End Road, there are many businesses that have starting times of 0600, with bus stops sprinkled around the estate.
Your mission, should choose to accept it is; to get a bus to work in Shadsworth, for an 0600, 1400 and 2200 start, based on the current timetable. Along with, a similar bus home at the end of your shift, from the start point of Infirmary Road.
As ever, should you or any member of your regeneration team fail in this mission; the electorate will hold you personally accountable, come the election day..
Good luck Mo, you are going to need it on this one!
Damned LT software editor broke my joke! Let me do a re-write... My apologies for not getting it right, first time! ... Listen to this.. http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=mWGeRgFa- hI as you read this.. ... Good Morning Councillor Bateson, Since transport infrastructure is part of your remit, you will appreciate that this mission is; just for you! Some years ago, your council decided to withdraw subsidies on bus routes that were deemed ' not viable', which allowed the bus company to virtually end a most useful service, (bus routes 12 and 5,) both of which pass through your ward. As Regeneration Supremo, you are being held accountable for this.. On Sett End Road, there are many businesses that have starting times of 0600, with bus stops sprinkled around the estate. Your mission, should choose to accept it is; to get a bus to work in Shadsworth, for an 0600, 1400 and 2200 start, based on the current timetable. Along with, a similar bus home at the end of your shift, from the start point of Infirmary Road. As ever, should you or any member of your regeneration team fail in this mission; the electorate will hold you personally accountable, come the election day.. Good luck Mo, you are going to need it on this one! woolywords
  • Score: -1

1:22pm Fri 18 Jul 14

hasslem hasslem says...

mrdd186 wrote:
how many years have they been trying to get us out of our cars, and on to public transport HELLO its not going to happen, spend as much money as you want it wont work this is a fact of life..
works in london
[quote][p][bold]mrdd186[/bold] wrote: how many years have they been trying to get us out of our cars, and on to public transport HELLO its not going to happen, spend as much money as you want it wont work this is a fact of life..[/p][/quote]works in london hasslem hasslem
  • Score: -2

1:25pm Fri 18 Jul 14

A Darener says...

London? Not a fair comparison. Commuter trains, Underground, taxis, buses, bicycles. Walking distance. Plus masses of money spent.
London? Not a fair comparison. Commuter trains, Underground, taxis, buses, bicycles. Walking distance. Plus masses of money spent. A Darener
  • Score: 11

2:11pm Fri 18 Jul 14

woolywords says...

Anyone know if, the following news articles are all related; as none of them allow comments..
Blackburn police officer had sex on duty
Join the World's Biggest Coffee Morning with Macmillan
East Lancs nurse told patient she would floor her

They seem innocuous enough, alone..
Anyone know if, the following news articles are all related; as none of them allow comments.. Blackburn police officer had sex on duty Join the World's Biggest Coffee Morning with Macmillan East Lancs nurse told patient she would floor her They seem innocuous enough, alone.. woolywords
  • Score: -4

3:44pm Fri 18 Jul 14

abetterblackburn says...

A very impressive artist’s impression of Blackburn’s new bus station . . .

Are those people looking for a bus?
A very impressive artist’s impression of Blackburn’s new bus station . . . Are those people looking for a bus? abetterblackburn
  • Score: 9

5:44pm Fri 18 Jul 14

phil kernot says...

Wasting money again to make travel times go down by 5 minutes ,,
Wasting money again to make travel times go down by 5 minutes ,, phil kernot
  • Score: 6

5:54pm Fri 18 Jul 14

mrdd186 says...

HelmshoreMan2010 wrote:
mrdd186 wrote:
how many years have they been trying to get us out of our cars, and on to public transport HELLO its not going to happen, spend as much money as you want it wont work this is a fact of life..
Can you please not speak for me.

I had a car and took it off the road, my bus pass works out at close to £1000 a year which seems a lot but I'm a young male driver in a high crime area, my insurance alone was double that (without any accidents or points too).

Yeah the bus is a lot less convenient but at roughly 1/4 the running costs of a car per year for me it's quite a simple and smart choice.

I'm now using the saved money to save for a mortgage, for me that's well worth a bus ride and a little bit longer to work each morning.
I was not speaking for you are any one, I was stating a fact, I am happy the bus works for you and you are saving money, millions upon millions as been spent on bus routes but every year there are more cars on the roads .
[quote][p][bold]HelmshoreMan2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrdd186[/bold] wrote: how many years have they been trying to get us out of our cars, and on to public transport HELLO its not going to happen, spend as much money as you want it wont work this is a fact of life..[/p][/quote]Can you please not speak for me. I had a car and took it off the road, my bus pass works out at close to £1000 a year which seems a lot but I'm a young male driver in a high crime area, my insurance alone was double that (without any accidents or points too). Yeah the bus is a lot less convenient but at roughly 1/4 the running costs of a car per year for me it's quite a simple and smart choice. I'm now using the saved money to save for a mortgage, for me that's well worth a bus ride and a little bit longer to work each morning.[/p][/quote]I was not speaking for you are any one, I was stating a fact, I am happy the bus works for you and you are saving money, millions upon millions as been spent on bus routes but every year there are more cars on the roads . mrdd186
  • Score: 1

7:59am Sat 19 Jul 14

burner says...

Very interested to hear that Liverpool are extending their scheme to SCRAP Bus Lanes , the reason being that evidence suggests that the Bus Lanes are the CAUSE of increased congestion. Traffic is now flowing much smoother with NO Bus Lanes !
Very interested to hear that Liverpool are extending their scheme to SCRAP Bus Lanes , the reason being that evidence suggests that the Bus Lanes are the CAUSE of increased congestion. Traffic is now flowing much smoother with NO Bus Lanes ! burner
  • Score: 12

1:28pm Sat 19 Jul 14

vicn1956 says...

I sat behind a small red bus all the way from Eanam to Church lights-he did not go above 25mph at any time. So they are spending £40 million to speed journey times up?????
I sat behind a small red bus all the way from Eanam to Church lights-he did not go above 25mph at any time. So they are spending £40 million to speed journey times up????? vicn1956
  • Score: 0

6:20pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Copperhead says...

Lankygirl wrote:
A Darener wrote:
Quote from LT.....

Albion Mill, in Albion Street opened in the 1850s, was closed due to lack of orders in 1975 and was demolished in 2010 after falling into disrepair.

I've answered my own question.
Come on LT at least check your facts.
Perhaps it's a new job creation scheme for a demolition team to demolish a non-existent mill! ;-)

I've just read this article with dismay, as I have to travel from Livesey Branch Road to Darwen twice a week and there is no alternative route apart from through all the roadworks :-(
I have to drive a bus through this chaos twice a day !
If the numbtys in the town/county hall lived in the real world, and had to live with the consequences of their actions, we wouldn't have all these problems.
[quote][p][bold]Lankygirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Quote from LT..... Albion Mill, in Albion Street opened in the 1850s, was closed due to lack of orders in 1975 and was demolished in 2010 after falling into disrepair. I've answered my own question. Come on LT at least check your facts.[/p][/quote]Perhaps it's a new job creation scheme for a demolition team to demolish a non-existent mill! ;-) I've just read this article with dismay, as I have to travel from Livesey Branch Road to Darwen twice a week and there is no alternative route apart from through all the roadworks :-([/p][/quote]I have to drive a bus through this chaos twice a day ! If the numbtys in the town/county hall lived in the real world, and had to live with the consequences of their actions, we wouldn't have all these problems. Copperhead
  • Score: 0

6:23pm Sat 19 Jul 14

A Darener says...

Hope you are not one of those drivers that stick your back end out as far as you can to prevent cars passing the bus at bus stops.
Hope you are not one of those drivers that stick your back end out as far as you can to prevent cars passing the bus at bus stops. A Darener
  • Score: 2

6:25pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Copperhead says...

I hate cars.
They really get in the way of progress and people waste so much money on them when they would be much better off and happier if they got rid of them.
And drove an enormous gas-guzzling 4X4 like I do.
I hate cars. They really get in the way of progress and people waste so much money on them when they would be much better off and happier if they got rid of them. And drove an enormous gas-guzzling 4X4 like I do. Copperhead
  • Score: -3

7:27pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Lankygirl says...

Copperhead wrote:
I hate cars.
They really get in the way of progress and people waste so much money on them when they would be much better off and happier if they got rid of them.
And drove an enormous gas-guzzling 4X4 like I do.
:-)
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: I hate cars. They really get in the way of progress and people waste so much money on them when they would be much better off and happier if they got rid of them. And drove an enormous gas-guzzling 4X4 like I do.[/p][/quote]:-) Lankygirl
  • Score: 0
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