Residents’ relief as ‘terrible’ Penwortham roads are finally repaired

Pot holes in Kingsway, Penwortham
Pot holes in Kingsway, Penwortham
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After years of campaigning, residents of Penwortham are finally seeing “awful” roads repaired.

Lancashire County Council has begun a scheme of resurfacing in the Kingsway, Queensway and Broad Oak Lane areas, which aim to rid residential streets of potholes, some several inches deep.

Penwortham County Councillor David Howarth said: “I’m very much pleased that the work is being done.

“Kingsway, Queensway and West End particularly have been really badly potholed for some time, and local residents have been calling for action.

“Unfortunately though there’s not enough money to do all the repairs that are needed, but I have asked for them to be fed into the system, and they will go on to compete for funding in the future.

“These include the bottom of Blundell Lane near the golf club, which is pretty bad and needs fixing sooner rather than later.

“Highgate is also quite bad and residents want to see something done, and the rest of West End is breaking up.”

This week work has been carried out in Kinsgway from the junction of Blundell Lane to Queensway, and at the junction of West End and Queensway. Further patching work is scheduled to be carried out on Blackthorn Drive, Belgrave Avenue, and Broad Oak Lane from March 23 to 25.

Paul Dunne, Lancashire County Council highways manager for South Ribble, said: “The current work in Penwortham is part of our new long-term approach to bringing our transport infrastructure up to a better standard over the next 15 years.

“The work we’re doing at the moment in Penwortham to put patches over damaged areas is part of this. The patches repair worn areas and strengthen the overall structure of the road.

“We’ll be returning in the next year to apply a ‘surface dressing’ over the patches to seal the surface and prevent water getting in which is what causes potholes in the first place.”

Coun Howarth also revealed areas of resurfacing will be in different colours and textures where Blundell Lane meets Kingsway, in a bid to reduce accidents. He sais there is a historical problem of drivers not realising it is a give-way junction.