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Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Furthergate Bus Lane and Link Road

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Delivery of major highway improvements in Blackburn as part of the £40m Pennine Reach scheme to improve public transport between Accrington, Blackburn and Darwen.

Pennine Reach is a major transport project majority funded by the Department for Transport and jointly led by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Lancashire County Council.

Key Information

Project

Furthergate Bus Lane and Link Road

Client

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Value

£7.5m

Delivery Business Unit

Highways

Benefits at a Glance

Improved local and regional public transport routes
3 community projects delivered
6 job opportunities for local people

Challenge:

  • Reduce congestion on the road network
  • Reduce bus journey times and improve the reliability of bus services
  • Improve public transport provision to key strategic employment sites
  • Support the regeneration of Blackburn
  • Maintain optimum traffic flows during construction and ensure business as usual for surrounding stakeholders, which included businesses, schools and residential properties.

Solution:

  • Widening to A678 Furthergate to create dedicated bus lanes in both directions
  • Construction of a 1.1 kilometre link road between Furthergate and M65 J6
  • Improvement works to existing junctions to enable dedicated turning lanes into local side streets
  • Retaining wall works to support new embankments
  • New services and diversions for gas, electricity and communications.
  • Extensive drainage works – through value engineering the scheme’s drainage design, we identified a solution that allowed surface water to run from road gullies to the outfall more effectively, which saved both time and costs for our client
  • Traffic management and construction areas were carefully phased and minimised to lessen impact on the travelling public
  • Public liaison strategy implemented to communicate with stakeholders and accommodate specific requirements. CSR projects for a local school and volunteering group were delivered as part of this strategy
  • Creation of employment opportunities for local people to support regeneration

Results:

Construction of the new link road and bus lanes has improved journey times and road safety, provided an alternative route for through traffic between Blackburn and Junction 6 of the M65 motorway, reduced congestion through the residential area along the A678 Burnley Road and helped to unlock new areas of land for potential development.

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