Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

08/07/08 MP Rosie calls for action over Parbold and Newburgh tra

MP Rosie Cooper has expressed concern about road traffic chaos which is set to hit two West Lancashire villages.

The A5209 in Parbold is due to be closed for resurfacing works from its junction with Alder Lane through to Higher Lane from Monday, July 28. It is expected the works will last around three weeks.

Motorists wanting to get from Parbold into Newburgh village or vice versa will be diverted along Lancaster Lane, Chorley Road, Robin Lane , Hall Lane, Mains Lane, Wanes Blades Road, Hoscar Moss Road, Ring O’ Bells Lane, Lowry Hill Lane and Course Lane.

But Rosie Cooper, MP for West Lancashire, is concerned that the road works will cause chaos for residents and hit local businesses, and has now held talks with Lancashire County Council.

She said: “ I’ve been assured by the County Council that people who live in between Alder Lane and Higher Lane will be able to get to their homes as there will be ‘access only’ in place. However, the Council claims the road is not wide enough to allow it to remain open for single lane traffic the whole of the time.

“But the fact is that there are a number of businesses on the A5209 who rely on traffic coming from the M6 and Ormskirk for passing trade. To be without that trade during the peak season will hit them hard. Residents and businesses know that the work needs to be done, but the County Council needs to make it as quick and hassle-free as possible.

“After holding talks with the Council, I ’m glad they have already brought down the length of time the road will be closed from six to three weeks. They have also given me assurances that they will put signs up telling people that the village is still open for businesses, and that they will send letters to locals ahead of the works commencing.”

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