Lancashire Weather LIVE: Day three of flooding and travel disruption as heavy rain continues

Heavy rain continues to cause flooding and travel problems across Lancashire this morning (Thursday, January 21, 2021).

By Colin Ainscough
Tuesday, 19th January 2021, 11:56 am
Updated Thursday, 21st January 2021, 7:24 am

Yellow and amber weather warnings for rain are currently covering the region until today (Thursday, January 21, 2021). Follow the latest live today here:

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More rain is expected today across Lancashire

This is the latest weather and flooding news as heavy rain hits Lancashire

Last updated: Wednesday, 20 January, 2021, 13:44

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Yellow weather warning for ice issued as heavy rain continues to sweep across Lancashire

A new weather warning for ice has been issued for parts of Lancashire as Storm Christoph continues to batter the county.

The yellow weather warning for ice means icy patches may form on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths, leading to difficult travel conditions.

Residents have also been told to expect some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces.

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The yellow weather warning for ice means icy patches may form on untreated roads.

County and town council chiefs reveal plans to fix flooding in Southport Road

Plans for a permanent fix to Chorley's flooding problems in Southport Road are now under way, say council chiefs, after the road was forced to close again last night.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: "Many people – including ourselves, County Councillors, our MP for Chorley, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, and many residents – have demanded that Lancashire County Council take action to alleviate the problem and make sure flooding outside Ackhurst Lodge can become a thing of the past.

"However, my immediate concern – and the focus of Chorley Council's endeavours right now – is to clear away the huge volume of water to make the area safe again and reopen the road.

"Working with partners, including the emergency services, we have got a number of pumps in action to do this – with more on the way.

“I would like to pay tribute to all the people – including our own officers – who are working tirelessly in terrible conditions to help get rid of the flood water. Hopefully we can get a permanent solution as soon as possible and Lancashire County Council appear to have committed to this.”

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Pictures from the scene show the Grade-II listed Ackhurst Lodge nearly submerged by floodwater, prompting concerns from residents who fear the historic building is at risk of permanent damage.

Heavy rain and flooding continue to cause disruption on some routes across the Northern network

Rail is falling on already sodden ground and has flooded the tracks in many areas, causing delays and cancellations.

The forecast is for persistent rain throughout today (Wednesday) and further flooding is expected.

Weather-related issues are current impacting services on the following routes with trains suspended (updates in bold):

  • Maryport - Carlisle - suspended for remainder of day
  • Skipton - Carlisle - suspended for remainder of day
  • Manchester - Newton le Willows
  • Rotherham Central - all locations suspended for remainder of day
  • Blackburn - Clitheroe

There is also disruption to services on the following routes (updates in bold):

  • Leeds - Manchester
  • Manchester Victoria - Walsden
  • Sowerby Bridge – Rochdale
  • Bradford Interchange - Halifax
  • Wigan - Salford Crescent

Rail replacement buses ae in operation on many of the affected routes, though these may also be impacted by the difficult conditions.

High water levels in St Michaels

This is how the swollen River Ribble looks this afternoon in Ribchester

This picture taken by Michael Finch shows a swollen River Ribble in Ribchester this morning.

Flooding closes James Towers Way bypass in Preston

Flooding has forced police to shut the Broughton bypass this afternoon, affecting traffic heading towards the M55.

James Towers Way has been closed due to severe flooding, with a lane feeding traffic towards the M55 completely submerged.

Road closures are in place between the Whittingham Lane roundabout and the junction with the A6 near the Phantom Winger.

Nearby D'urton Lane towards Eastway has also been closed due to flooding.

The force says the drains appear to be overwhelmed and Blunder Brook, where surface water runs into, has reached capacity.

Lancashire County Council workers are on site to try and resolve the flooding.


Traffic heading towards the M55 and Preston is being diverted past the Whittingham Lane roundabout towards the Broughton crossroads.

Motorists should then join at the A6 Garstang Road, where bus lane cameras have been switched off to accommodate traffic and ease congestion.

People can then continue along the old A6 past the Marriott hotel where they can rejoin the bypass for the M55.

Police are warning that long delays are already forming along the A6.

James Towers Way, Broughton closed due to flooding

James Towers Way towards the M55 at Broughton has been closed due to flooding.

D'urton Lane towards Eastway is also closed.

Police are advising motorists to use the old A6 past the Marriott hotel as a diversion. 

The bus lane cameras have been switched off and you can rejoin but police are warning of long delays.

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