Roundabout to be placed at notorious A59 accident blackspot

Coun Allan Know at the notorious accident blackspot which is the Pendle Road junction on the A59.
Coun Allan Know at the notorious accident blackspot which is the Pendle Road junction on the A59.

A new roundabout costing more than £1m is to be created on one of Lancashire’s most dangerous roads.

The roundabout will be located on the Pendle Road junction of the A59 which cuts through Ribble Valley.

The county council has agreed the creation of the new four arm roundabout at Clitheroe can be added to its capital programme for 2017/18, with funding provided by developers.

A report says the existing road will be modified to create a roundabout, replacing the staggered crossroad currently linking Pendle Road and Clitheroe Road.

There will also be improvements to the footpath and cycle network.

It is noted that the works are essential to meet Ribble Valley Council’s planning conditions for the creation of a new residential development at Higher Standen.

Councillors were reassured that the advance payment of design fees and what is known as a Section 278 agreement with the developer would mean there is no financial risk from carrying out the design, construction and supervision of the new road scheme.

Councils are allowed to enter into agreements with developers to facilitate development, whereby the developer pays for or makes necessary alterations or improvements to the highway.

The council’s design work is estimated to cost £56,500, the estimated supervision fee will be £18,500 and the construction phases should cost some £1,285,000.

It is hoped the roundabout will be built between April and June next year at a total estimated cost of £1,360,000.

The go-ahead for the project was given by County Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport.