Ellison Fold Way

July 2018 update

The new mini roundabout at Pole Lane/Priory Drive has been constructed and is now in operation. Priorities are changed on Pole Lane and sightlines have been improved through the removal of landscaping, with traffic slowed by carriageway markings and signage. Lining arrangements have also been updated at the Junctions of Bolton Road (A666) with Grimshaw Street and Watery Lane, to provide better sightlines, formalise right turning arrangements to improve road safety for all highways users.

Construction of a compact roundabout at the Sough Road/Grimshaw Street/Pole Lane junction has begun, and will address poor sightlines at the current priority give way junction, with dropped crossings and refuges to help pedestrians cross the road more safely.

The good weather has contributed to solid progress being made on the “Ellison Fold Way” link road, and the first phase of surfacing works at the southern end of the road are now complete. Grouting works to historical mine workings are ongoing and commencement of capping is due to progress in agreement with the Coal Authority.

Service diversion works are under way at Marsh House Lane/Priory Drive to enable the construction of a mini roundabout. The 30 mph single carriageway road includes separate footway and cycling facilities, and will include raised junction tables to keep speeds down. A landscaped area will be introduced on the western side of the new link road.

Works to come:

  • Completion of utility service diversions at Oak Grove/Ivinson Road to enable junction improvements to commence in August 2018
  • Footway edging at Marsh House Lane/Priory Drive as part of the mini roundabout’s construction

The project, funded by the Council and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Deal is set to complete in early 2019.

Download the second site newsletter from the Main Contractor, Eric Wright Civil Engineering.

June 2018 update

The mini roundabout at Pole Lane / Priory Drive has now been constructed. The mini-roundabout was introduced to change priorities, slow down Pole Lane traffic, improve sightlines by removing some landscaping, taper traffic lanes to give the impression of carriageway narrowing to encourage slower vehicle speeds to improve conditions for pedestrians, and to introduce “SLOW” markings with yellow bars on all arms. The Council has also provided additional signage to inform and warn drivers that arrangements have changed.

Lining arrangements have also been updated at the Junctions of Bolton Road (A666) with Grimshaw Street and Watery Lane, to provide better sightlines, formalise right turning arrangements to improve road safety for all highways users.

Construction of a compact roundabout at the Sough Road / Grimshaw Street / Pole Lane junction will begin later this month, following completion of utility diversion works. The roundabout will address poor sightlines at the current priority give way junction, with dropped crossings and refuges to help pedestrians cross the road more safely.

Utilities diversion works will continue to in advance of the Holden Fold / Oak Grove junction improvements package.

Works continue on the construction of the new Marsh House Lane to Ivinson Road Link Road, with the formation of the alignment at the southern, Marsh House end now clearly visible. The 30 mph single carriageway road includes separate footway and cycling facilities, and will include raised junction tables to keep speeds down. A landscaped area will be introduced on the western side of the new Link.

April 2018 update

Eric Wright site compound set up adjacent to Ellison Fold Terrace.

Ellison Fold Way road construction – First phase drainage works along Ellison Fold Way (Swales) nearing completion.

You said, we did: Sections of public highway regularly cleaned / Deliveries on Ellison Fold Terrace restricted between 0930-1430 to avoid Sudell Primary School start/finish times / Unmade dirt track section of Ellison Fold Terrace resurfaced.

Junction and footway works to Pole Lane / Priory Drive progressing with kerbing now installed.

Sough Road/Grimshaw Street compact roundabout construction – vegetation removal complete - utilities to be diverted as part of construction.

Download the first scheme newsletter.

February 2018 update

The DEDC project was fully approved by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership Board on 30th January 2018. The Council has now awarded the contract to build the new link road and associated junction improvements to Bamber Bridge based Eric Wright Civil Engineering Limited.

The site compound will be set up from 12th February 2018 on Baileys Field and construction on the new highway link will start later in the month, working from Marsh House Lane towards Ivinson Road. At the same time, works to improve the Sough Road / Grimshaw Street junction to a compact roundabout will also start. DEDC works are programmed to complete in early 2019.

Please see the the scheme map which provides more detail on the highway improvements to be delivered in 2018/19.

December 2017 update

Under Sections 122(1) and 122(2A) of the Local Government Act 1972, the Council is appropriating various parcels of land for highways purposes which are currently classified as informal open space, informal amenity space or informal ancillary land.

The areas of land and accompanying plans for all junction improvements on the DEDC can be downloaded and viewed below.

Any comments on the proposals can be made in writing to the Council no later than 22nd December 2017.

September 2017 update

The Council will be undertaking some minor accommodation works to Baileys Field in October 2017 to prepare for the road’s construction, which is due to start in February 2018. Existing informal ponds will be filled and shrub and low amenity trees will be removed. Works will be carried out by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council’s Direct Labour Organisation.

Darwen East development corridor (DEDC) - August 2017 update

DEDC junction improvements - proposed general arrangement drawings.

Darwen East development corridor (DEDC) - May 2017 update

The planning application for the Darwen East Development Corridor has now been submitted to the Council, and can be viewed via the planning portal.

The Planning Application reference number for the scheme is 10/17/0638.

A statutory period of consultation will follow and will inform the determination of the application, which is programmed for the Summer of 2017.

Darwen East development corridor (DEDC) - March 2017 update

51 responses were received from residents for the consultation exercise held on the 22nd and 23rd November 2016 at Darwen Academy and the Craven Heifer public house.

Over 160 people attended to speak to representatives from the Council and developers regarding the highways and housing developments.

A planning application is now in preparation to progress the highways scheme, with the target for submission May 2017. Questions asked by members of the public and the responses given by the Council can be viewed here.

A map has also been produced which provides more detail on the proposed highway improvements and housing land allocations.

Darwen East development corridor - draft consultation

Miller Homes and their appointed designers at Barton Willmore are working in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council to develop plans for the future development of land adjacent to Marsh House Lane. You can download further information below:

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