Start date for roundabout at accident blackspot

The Pendle Road/A59 accident blackspot.
The Pendle Road/A59 accident blackspot.

Work to build a long-awaited roundabout at a notorious accident blackspot will start in late June council chiefs have confirmed.

Building the roundabout at the Pendle Road junction with the A59 was delayed until this year back in June 2017 after plans to build a mini-roundabout on to the new housing development on the Standen Estate were put back.

And since housing developer Taylor Wimpey Manchester started work in October on the Higher Standen development off Pendle Road in Clitheroe to build more than 1,000 homes, motorists have endured ongoing delays.

There is currently two sets of traffic lights on Pendle Road causing delays of up to 10 minutes for motorists.

However, a spokesman for Lancashire County Council has now confirmed that a start date has been set for work to start on the long-awaited roundabout.

“The housing developer is currently constructing the roundabout and entrance to the new housing development site on Pendle Road. There is also some work taking place in this area at the moment to connect the site to the service mains. The developer’s work in this area is due to continue until the end of March.

“Once these works are complete, enabling works for Lancashire County Council by the utility companies to move some of their services will begin. This will allow construction of the new roundabout to take place. Lancashire County Council will then be able to start the work to construct the new roundabout on the A59 in late June.”

The plan to create the roundabout at the staggered junction of the A59 with Pendle Road were put on hold at a meeting of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s planning and development committee in February 2016. Although the creation of the roundabout before the development begins was one of the conditions of approval, Taylor Wimpey asked if it could be built after the 50th home was sold on the site.

Although the news that a date has now been set for the long-awaited roundabout to be built has been welcomed, Steve Rush, chairman of Clitheroe Residents’ Action Group, said: “This roundabout should have been constructed before any houses were built.

“Unfortunately, Ribble Valley Borough Council planning department sided with the developer against residents and watered the original condition down. This has led to local peoples’ safety being jeopardised, suffering inconvenience and long delays to their journey times.”

Ken Hind, leader of Ribble Valley Borough Council, said he was absolutely delighted that a start date for the work has been set.

“The lives of a lot of people who live on that side of Clitheroe and who live in Sabden will be much safer once this roundabout is built.”

He added that the council plans to be tougher on developers in the future particularly when it comes to infrastructure spend on big developments.