Power work sparks roads woe alert

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TRAFFIC tailbacks, bus re-routing and motoring delays are on the cards for Garstang drivers and residents over the next two months, as major roadworks get under way.

The town’s residents, and motorists in particular, have been given early warning to watch out for traffic delays from next Monday (January 9).

Electricity North West began its Garstang area improvement scheme before Christmas, concentrating initially on the outskirts of the town.

But their move to the town centre and surrounding roads means there will be delays, as well as diversions, for many motorists.

The project, which is aimed at strengthening and improving Garstang’s electricity supply, is expected to take around two months.

A spokesman for Electricity North West, the company that manages the power network in the region, said: “To minimise disruption for residents and businesses, Electricity North West has worked closely with Lancashire County Council to schedule works to avoid busy shopping periods and limit the impact on local traffic.”

Two signed diversions will be in put place on the A6 and Lancaster Road, to re-route traffic when Croston Road is closed, from High Street to Park Hill Road, between January 9 and 18.

Motorists visiting Garstang market on Thursday, January 12 and Thursday, January 19 are being advised that they may experience longer than normal journey times.

Several local bus services will also be affected, but pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

Eamon Robinson, project engineer at Electricity North West, said: “The first phase of the project to reinforce the Garstang network involved work outside the town centre, and was completed on schedule with minimum disruption.

“We have planned the next phase of the project carefully and aim to complete the work as quickly as possible.”

Ian Welsby, head of highways area north for Lancashire County Council, said: “Electricity North West has been working closely with us on the traffic management throughout the project and we continue to work with the company to do everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum.

“As the project moves into Garstang town centre, residents can expect longer journey times due to the necessary traffic management. It is important that Electricity North West is keeping residents and businesses in the area up to date with project as this allows them to plan for any delays caused.”

* If anyone living in the Garstang area has queries about the project, they are advised to call Electricity North West on 0800 048 1820.