Blocked drain causes flooding danger on Lancashire road

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Frustrated drivers say a regularly flooded main road is becoming a danger to motorists.

A blocked drain on Wigan Road, Buckshaw Village, is causing half of the road to flood when it rains.

SPLASH: Cars driving through the puddles caused by a blocked drain on Wigan Road, Buckshaw Village

SPLASH: Cars driving through the puddles caused by a blocked drain on Wigan Road, Buckshaw Village

Motorists are being forced to swerve into the opposite side of the road to avoid the large puddle.

Some motorists have travelled through the puddle which has soaked nearby walkers and cyclists.

Urgent calls have been made for Lancashire County Council to repair the blocked drain.

LCC has said work will be carried out in the next four to six weeks.

The risk of a head-on incident is increased or those that drive through soak cyclists and pedestrians.

Alan Ogilvie

South Ribble councillor for Buckshaw and Worden Alan Ogilvie, said: “I’ve had a resident come to me and say he’s fed up with people getting soaked. It’s getting dangerous but LCC seem to be dragging their feet.

“Cars are going on to the opposite side of the road, it’s an urgent matter.

“It’s going to get a lot worse when the bad weather comes, if it’s not addressed it come become an ice rink in the cold weather.”

Chorley councillor for Astley and Buckshaw Mark Perks, added: “LCC must realise, every time it rains the flooding on Wigan Road causes a danger to vehicles that swerve.

“The risk of a head-on incident is increased or those that drive through soak cyclists and pedestrians.

Ridwan Musa, highways manager for Lancashire County Council, said: “We received a report in late April about a problem with surface water on Wigan Road.

“We investigated in early May and found that the drain is partially blocked, which means the water does drain away, but not as quickly.

“We’ll need to excavate to fix the problem and are due to carry out further work in the next four to six weeks

“We’re sorry for any inconvenience in the meantime, and would ask drivers to take care if the road appears to be flooded.”