Multi-million pound plan to improve Burnley transport routes

Centenary Way flyover in Burnley.'Photo Ben Parsons
Centenary Way flyover in Burnley.'Photo Ben Parsons

Burnley’s transport infrastructure is set to benefit from a multi-million pound plan in a bid to boost the economy.

Roads, rail and cycle networks will be transformed across the county in the coming years, with Burnley’s Centenary Way at the forefront.

Transport for Lancashire recently announced major funding for Burnley in the shape of £2.8m. towards the estimated £3.2m. cost of vital maintenance to the Centenary Way viaduct, which carries the principal A682 road through the centre of town.

Lancashire County Council is producing five Highways and Transport Masterplans to cover all 12 districts of Lancashire to ensure the right infrastructure is in place to support future growth.

County Coun. John Fillis, Lancashire County Council Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “By working with local people and partners we can build a blueprint that will deliver prosperity in Lancashire and beyond. Funding for major transport schemes is being devolved from the government to local transport bodies, presenting a huge opportunity to tackle some of the issues which will otherwise hold our economy back, and invest in improvements to foster growth.

“In East Lancashire those Local Plans which set out strategic housing and business sites are not yet fully in place, and the evidence needed to demonstrate the case for new and improved infrastructure has not been established.

“This masterplan therefore aims to present the big issues we face to ensure people and goods can move efficiently on East Lancashire’s transport network, and propose where studies should focus to get a better understanding of the problems and potential solutions.”

A six-week consultation on the preliminary strategy will start on October 23rd. You can see the masterplan at http://council.lancashire.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?ID=3829.