A MAIN road into Chorley town centre has re-opened after months of disruption.

Chorley Council posted the news that motorists can now re-use Union Street in both directions today after major work tied in with the Market Walk shopping centre extension was completed.

The work, which started in May, was to improve the appearance and accessibility on Union Street as well as complete a major wastewater connection underneath the road.

As well as being more pedestrian-friendly with better links to car parks, it ties in with the wider improvements to that part of town.

Cllr Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: “With the roadworks lifted it will make it easier for people to get around town and I’d like to thank everyone for their patience while the work has been completed.

“It’s never easy to restrict access along one of the major town centre routes but it had to be done and the wider benefits the shopping centre extension will bring means it will be worth it in the end.

“Union Street itself looks much more appealing and we’ve improved the pedestrian links to the car parks to make Chorley a more attractive place to shop and spend your leisure time.”

The work is part of the wider improvements to the town centre that will see a six-screen cinema, M&S Foodhall and adventure golf and bowling alley opening later this year.

Work on the exterior of the building is pretty much complete with fit out already underway inside.

“We’re really looking forward to all the work being completed and we shouldn’t have to cause any more disruption on the roads,” said Councillor Bradley.

“If people have been avoiding town because of the roadworks then make sure you do come back and support our local traders.”

More information on the work can be found by searching ‘town centre improvements’ at chorley.gov.uk.