ROADWORKS to create cycle lanes on a busy street in Ormskirk has been causing a traffic nightmare for motorists.
Derby Ward Councillor, Ian Davis has called on the County Council to do more to tackle the traffic congestion resulting from the temporary roadworks installing the new cycle lane on St Helens Road in Ormskirk.
The county council has responded by saying they are “sorry for any inconvenience caused, and grateful for people's patience, while these improvements are ongoing”.
Our West Lancashire Councillor Davis said: “Clearly, the roadworks have to take place to construct the cycle lane, but the traffic congestion is significant.
“I and my ward councillor colleagues have received complaints from residents and local taxi drivers.
“My wife almost missed a critical medical appointment because of the knock-on congestion from the roadworks. It can take 35 minutes at the worst times to get through town from the Skelmersdale direction with traffic queuing back almost to Ormskirk school.”
He continued: “I’m calling on the County Council to review what can be done to improve matters. They should revisit the timing on the temporary traffic lights for a start.
“I’ve also had reports of the roadworks ending at 3pm every day. As these road works are responsible for significant delays to thousands of local people every day, that’s not good enough.
“The County Council should note the congestion and speed up the completion of the works so that they are finished as soon as possible.”
A spokesman for Lancashire County Council responded: “The work to make this busy junction safer for pedestrians and cyclists and upgrade the traffic signals can only be carried out safely with temporary lights in place, which means that some level of disruption is unavoidable, and we're sorry for any inconvenience caused, and grateful for people's patience, while these improvements are ongoing.
“To help minimise queues and keep traffic flowing as efficiently as possible the temporary lights are manually controlled at peak times in the morning and evening rather than being on an automatic timed system.
“The final phase of this project began on Thursday, May 27, with work continuing during the day to install the new signals, and the junction being fully closed overnight from 8pm to 7am for resurfacing work, with signed diversions in place.
“As long as no delays are caused by bad weather this is due to be completed on Friday, June 11, with the final work to set the timings on the new signals due to take place on Monday, June 14.”