A MAJOR road through Chorley is set to be closed later this month for resurfacing.

Lancashire County Council announced that £1m of investment was being made on Chorley’s roads, and closure notices have started to appear on roadsides across the borough.

The junction on Myles Standish Way with the A6 will be closed for 48 hours on the 29th and 30th May, to allow for full resurfacing of the junction, which has seen a significant deterioration in condition.

This follows resurfacing and repair work already underway across Chorley, with more roads set to be closed for short periods over the coming months.

Higher House Lane in Heapey and Sandy Lane in Brinscall will also be closed later this month for repairs.

Cllr Andrew Snowden, Lead Member for Highways and Transport at Lancashire County Council said “I am thrilled that months of hard work behind the scenes is paying off and that residents will now start to see a big step-up in the road resurfacing programme”.

“When we won control of the Council last year we inherited a highways budget that had been cut and we were determined to keep to our election promise of investing an extra £5million in Lancashire’s roads. In fact we have doubled that and made £10million more available since taking over.

“The roads had been in worsening conditions for a few years and this winter that brought unprecedented amounts of water (and ice) has not only seen the pothole situation worsen it has made permanent and quality repairs difficult to make. But now the better weather is here people across Chorley will really see the difference starting to be made”.

Along with an increased resurfacing programme there is now a pothole fighting fund totalling more than £10million, topped up by an extra £2.4million made available from central government.

The number of pothole repair teams has also been increased and new technology, including the injection jet patchers have been brought in.

Cllr Snowden said “people pay their taxes and want their roads repaired. It’s that simple. I was delighted when I got this job as I am determined to improve things. It’s not just about spending more money, it’s about innovating with new technology and improving quality”.

“There has been a big increase in the amount of training given to highways staff and contractors in the last few months, focussing on making sure there is more consistency in quality of repairs. I’ve personally spoken to a number of operational staff and there is a real sense of urgency to get this resurfacing programme underway and get quality repairs done elsewhere”.