19 nights of Burnley FC road closures essential for 'safety of highways team'

More than two weeks of overnight road closures in Burnley are necessary to ensure the safety of workers, it has been confirmed.

Drivers are being warned of nightly works which will affect major routes around the centre of the town. The works are for the final phase of Burnley Council’s ‘Town 2 Turf’ scheme which is creating better pedestrian links, and improved public areas, between the town centre and Burnley Football Club’s Turf Moor stadium.

Centenary Way and Church Street are due to be closed to vehicles each night from 10pm to 5am from Monday June 3 to Sunday June 22, with Yorkshire Street between Church Street and Belvedere Road also due to be closed from the earlier time of 8.30pm. While traffic will still be able to get through on Centenary Way and Church Street until 10pm people are warned to expect some delays from 8.30pm each evening due to lane closures as work gets underway.

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Access will be available at all times for residents, pedestrians and cyclists. The road closures are needed for work being imposed by Lancashire County Council which is the highways authority for Burnley.

The work involves resurfacing Centenary Way and Church Street as well as the new traffic light junction at Yorkshire Street, installing cables within the road for the new traffic signals, and installing new road markings and anti-skid surfacing.

When the road closures are in place a diversion route will be signed via Centenary Way, Manchester Road, Rossendale Road, Accrington Road, Hameldon Approach, Burnley Barracks Interchange, Westway, West Gate, Active Way, Colne Road, Casterton Avenue, Eastern Avenue, Queen Victoria Road, Belvedere Road and Yorkshire Street.

Electronic message boards have been placed in the area recently to alert people to the forthcoming work. Phil Durnell, Lancashire County Council director of highways and transport, said: “We’re pleased to be delivering the ‘Town 2 Turf ‘scheme on behalf of Burnley Council and are carrying out this phase of the work overnight to minimise disruption to people’s journeys in this very busy area as much as we can.

“Carrying out this work overnight will allow us to make good progress, with the road closures being needed for the safety of our highways team. I’d ask people to plan their journeys with these road closures in mind, and I’m grateful for everyone’s patience while we deliver these improvements.”