The following letters have been received by the Parish Council from Lancashire County Council regarding road closures on D'Urton Lane. The text of the letters are provided below, in chronological order:
Letter Received: 7th December 2018
Eastway Link Road Works on D'Urton Lane
Dear Sir / Madam,
An externally funded scheme has been developed for the construction of a link road between D'Urton Lane and Eastway, which will serve as access for further developments. Due to
commitments made by the developers for release dates of the land off the link road, Lancashire County Council have accelerated our programme for carrying out these works as
we would have otherwise been unable to provide access to these developments in time.
The advertisement for the temporary closure of a small section of D'Urton Lane will be released on the 24th of December, both in the local paper and site notices erected on street
lights on the road. Access will be maintained for residents throughout the works. The closure will commence from the 07th of January and run until late autumn 2019.
Access will be primarily available from the east of D'Urton Lane (see attached plan) for those residents within and to the east of the closure. However, this may require alternative
phasing throughout the scheme, and residents will be kept informed of any changes to this in advance. We will also maintain a through cycle route for the Guild Wheel on a temporary alignment throughout the works.
In order to allow access from the east of D'Urton Lane, the current access prohibition will be temporarily removed, with access only signs being erected throughout the duration of the closure.
Once the Eastway Link Road scheme is complete, further works are required on behalf of the developer (Persimmon Homes) for the Highrigg Drive site to install traffic calming measures on D'Urton Lane. These works are expected to be undertaken during a full closure for 6 weeks in autumn/winter of 2019 and will be separately advertised. We apologise for any inconvenience and disruption caused.
You can contact Lancashire County Council by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 0300 123 6701 quoting reference HRiT/15936/LSW/2.
Senior Highway Engineer
Letter Received: 20th December 2018
Dear Sir / Madam,
Further to previous correspondence, there have been some changes to the expected closure dates to carry out the Eastway link road works on D'Urton Lane.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to give comments about this work and we have used this feedback to review the proposed closure. The closure to vehicles of D'Urton Lane between The Grange and Warwick House will begin as planned on Monday 7 January 2019. This is anticipated to last for six weeks and will now be removed once we’ve completed the work to divert the culvert. We have been able to reduce the amount of time the road will need to be closed, to reduce the impact on residents.
The closure will then be re-introduced at the same location from April 2019, until late August, to construct the new roundabout. During these periods, we will temporarily reopen the east end of D'Urton Lane to allow access to properties. Every effort will be made to minimise these closure periods.
D'Urton Lane will always be blocked at one end to prevent it becoming a through route, especially for rat-running. An access management plan will be put in place for the main link road work. The permanent closure at the east end of D'Urton Lane will move to between Ormonde and the footpath to the Story Homes site from late August 2019. The new roundabout on D'Urton Lane will be put in place before this permanent closure takes effect.
As we've said in previous correspondence, a through route for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained along D'Urton Lane on a temporary alignment, with access maintained for residents within the closure.
We will continue to keep you informed of closure periods as the different stages of this work develop.
I know there have been a number of questions raised about the work and I have outlined below some key points that I hope will help you understand more about what we are doing and why.
The link road work is a planning condition for new housing developments agreed by Preston City Council. A new route between D'Urton Lane and Eastway will be created, which should help traffic flows in this area. If we started work at Eastway, it would not remove the need for a closure on D'Urton Lane. We need to start on D'Urton Lane to ensure that we meet key dates for other related work to happen.
Vehicles over the weight restriction are able to travel down D'Urton Lane for access. We would divert these vehicles, if there were other practical ways to do this. The requirement to 'bank' site traffic (e.g. using someone on foot to guide vehicles in) for the housing development is enforceable by the city council, as a planning condition. We will work with planners at the city council to try to resolve this going forward.
We will remind our contractor of the need to take care when travelling down D'Urton Lane, with particular attention to cyclists and pedestrians. We will monitor this throughout the scheme and will meet with the contractor on a regular basis about any issues.
Particular attention will be paid to the blind bend on D'Urton Lane (between the Story Homes footpath and Winders Cottage) where visibility is poor, to determine if there is adequate space for a temporary chicane, formed in traffic management, with an aim to slow vehicles on approach to this bend.
We apologise in advance for the inconvenience and disruption this work will cause, which we are aiming to keep to a minimum.
You can contact Lancashire County Council by email at email@example.com or call us on 0300 123 6701 quoting reference HRiT/15936/LSW/2.
Senior Highways Engineer