Mini-roundabout to ease congestion

Junction of Union Street and Park  Road in Chorley
Junction of Union Street and Park Road in Chorley

A £60,000 scheme is set to put a new roundabout in Chorley town centre.

Lancashire County Council is drawing up plans to put the mini-roundabout at the top of Union Street and Market Street.

They say the plans will ease congestion in the area. Similar plans first emerged five years ago but never came about.

The news has been welcomed by local councillors and traders, who say the move will mean it’s easier for shoppers to get into the town centre.

Talks have also involved timing the roundabout works, if they are given the go ahead, to coincide with the reopening of Market Street to traffic.

County councillor Mark Perks said: “The £60,000 scheme shows Lancashire County Council’s commitment to investment in highways improvements for Chorley town centre and links into the previous scheme that saw the removal of traffic lights at the junction with St Thomas’s Road.

“Hopefully the tailback of traffic created at peak times along Union Street will be solved.”

Alan Capstick, highways manager for Chorley, said: “We are putting together a proposal for a new roundabout to replace the traffic lights at the junction of Union Street, Park Road and Market Street in Chorley.

“People and councillors were unhappy about a build up of traffic in the town centre and the new roundabout is designed to help traffic move through the area more smoothly.

“A new zebra crossing will also be installed making it much easier for people to cross.

“A consultation exercise is due to start later this month and all comments received will be carefully considered.”

Malcolm Allen, chairman of Chorley Traders’ Alliance, said the news was good for shoppers and traders. He said: “This has been in the pipeline for several years. We are glad as traders because it will improve access into the town centre. It’s good news.”

Coun Ralph Snape said: “There is nothing more frustrating that sitting in your car at the front of the Town Hall when the lights are red and nothing is coming the other way. The roundabout will help to speed up traffic.”