The existing roundabout at Westgate, St James’s Street and Queen’s Lancashire Way (by B&M Home Stores/former Plane Tree pub/Cross Keys pub/Kwik Fit) will be changed to a crossroads controlled by traffic lights.
New traffic signals which feature technology to make traffic movements as efficient as possible will also be installed at the junctions of Active Way, Bank Top and Kingsway and Active Way and Church Street (by Sainsbury’s).
It is part of the ongoing £12million Hyndburn, Burnley, Pendle Growth Corridor programme which aims to unlock the potential for economic growth along the M65.
The most significant changes will be to the roundabouts, with traffic lights due to be added to the roundabout junction with Royle Road and Brown Street (the big roundabout towards Burnley College and UCLan/ASDA)
Lancashire County Council Highways bosses have indicated that the project to improve four junctions along Active Way could lead to delays over the next nine months.
Drivers have been asked to leave more time for their journeys until the work is completed
Marcus Leigh, Lancashire County Council’s highways manager for East Lancashire, said: “This scheme is a priority for the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership to improve access to key development sites nearby, particularly Burnley College, the UCLan campus, and the planned new business park.
“It will increase the capacity of these junctions and ensure that higher traffic levels as Burnley’s economy grows will not lead to unacceptable delays.
“Once completed, the lights will be coordinated to improve traffic flow through these junctions.
“This is a lengthy project in a busy area and we’re highly aware of the need to minimise disruption.”