£1,500,000 to improve Burnley’s roads

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A massive £1.5m. is to be spent carrying out repairs to Burnley’s roads, fixing the pot holes which blight the borough.

County Hall chiefs have announced the money has been set aside to keep traffic moving in all parts of Burnley.

The project, which comes at a time when county council bosses have been tasked with making some of the most severe cuts in the authority’s history, will see £56m. spent on roads across Lancashire to “keep the heart of Lancashire pumping.”

The scheme will include resurfacing work, surface dressing, flag replacement, path improvements, replacement of parapets and bridge maintenance work.

Among hotspots earmarked for work are Padiham Road, between Oak Street and Stephenson Drive, A646 Burnley Road, Ightenhill Park Lane, Brassey Street, Lakeland Way, Harold Street, between Coal Clough Lane and Cog Lane, Ridehalgh Lane, Robin House Lane, Princess Way, Hunters Drive, Richmond Avenue, Centenary Way and Manchester Road.

The project will also see £90,000 spent on improving drainage and flood relief in Briercliffe Road.

The plans have been welcomed by Burnley County Coun. Marcus Johnstone, who said they showed “a clear commitment on the part of the county council to improving infrastructure in Burnley”.

County Coun. John Fillis, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “At a time when we are seeing unprecedented government cuts made to our budget and local economy in Lancashire it is more important than ever to ensure we are working to improve the lives of ordinary people in our county and the communities in which they live.

“Our highways and transport network are the veins that keep the heart of Lancashire pumping, whether it’s work, education, family or social mobility it’s important and we are making a clear commitment to maintain and improve these life lines.”

For more on this story, including a list of roads to be improved, see this week’s Express.

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