Work delayed to ease traffic jams

Traffic at a standstill around Adlington, near Chorley
Traffic at a standstill around Adlington, near Chorley
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Network Rail has agreed to postpone work so a road can be reopened to ease traffic congestion around a Lancashire town.

The rail firm made the U-turn after the closure of yet another railway bridge led to more traffic misery for drivers in and around Adlington, near Chorley.

Grimeford Lane, Blackrod, was shut so the bridge could be rebuilt as part of the project to electrify the railway.

It was the fourth bridge in the area to be closed, following Rawlinson Lane and Chorley Road in Heath Charnock, and Station Road in Blackrod.

And another road closure near Chorley Golf Club has led to chaos around the Adlington, Blackrod, and Horwich areas.

A spokesman for Network Rail said yesterday that Grimeford Lane would be reopened on Wednesday evening.

The work scheduled to take place there will be postponed until later in the year.

The spokesman said: “We have already made some alterations to traffic light timings to improve traffic flow.

“Also, we have postponed the work on Grimeford Lane until later in the year, so we will be reopening this bridge in the near future. We appreciate there is never a good time to close roads and we will complete this work as quickly as we can.”

Meanwhile Coun Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, has reassured residents concerned about the impact of the Chorley Grand Prix bike race on April 4.

He said: “We understand that there are already lots of roadworks going on in the area, which we have raised as an issue with Network Rail and Lancashire County Council, who are the responsible authorities, but we are confident that the Chorley Grand Prix will cause minimal additional disruption to the roads.”