Changes to road network – King Street returns to original direction

Drivers are being made aware that as of Monday, (November 9) in Blackburn Town centre there will be a change to traffic flow on King Street.

As part of an experimental alteration traffic will be reversed between Freckleton Street and Barton Street.

Temporary signs will be in place to alert drivers to the alterations.

The changes are in response to consultations conducted in the Summer with businesses and the public who requested the change.

The traffic flow was originally made one way out of the town centre to facilitate the development of the Orbital Route and to ease congestion from The Mall shopping Centre.

The new link road between Wainwright Bridge and Montague Street which is scheduled for completion Easter 2016 has now provided an opportunity to review and revise this.

To allow the reversal to take place as quickly as possible before the busy Christmas shopping period an experimental traffic order has been put in place which will be made permanent subject to feedback on the scheme.

Executive member Councillor Phil Riley said: “The consultation that took place was well responded to and most people were very keen to see this change. As a result we have taken steps to alter the traffic flow and will monitor the response to the changes before making them permanent.”

Interested parties have a six month period to lodge any objections to David Fairclough, HR, Legal and Corporate Services, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Tower Block, Blackburn BB1 7DY.

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