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Department for Transport National Productivity Investment Fund - Fabric Borders​

The Council is bidding into the DfT’s National Productivity Investment Fund with a £2.9m project to reconfigure vehicular and pedestrian routes in Blackburn Town Centre. The Fabric Borders project aims to remove vehicular congestion and conflicts, improve movement and access to significant new development sites and deal with congestion and access issues which are currently restricting economic activity and local productivity in the inner urban area and Town Centre.

The vision and objectives of Fabric Borders are as follows:

  • Remove congestion to ensure better through flow and a more accessible Town Centre
  • Improve access to new and under-used employment sites in the north of the Town Centre
  • Support Town Centre vibrancy by expanding the fashion and entrepreneurial activity found at Whalley Range into the Town Centre itself
  • Encourage footfall to support businesses by making the streets and pedestrian routes safer, more comfortable and attractive
  • Protect the area’s unique sense of place and history
  • Bring communities and people together to celebrate Blackburn’s many strengths and traditions

You can download the NPIF application form.

The Council expects to hear on the success of the project in Autumn 2017.

Department for Transport Challenge Fund 2A

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Highways asset management

Department for Transport: National Productivity Investment Fund

Blackburn with Darwen Council welcomes the additional £560,000 formula allocation from the DfT’s National Productivity Investment Fund.

The fund is being used in two ways:

  1. To accelerate scheme development within the LTP Integrated Transport Block in relation to schemes which will support future growth. Key transport infrastructure improvements are proposed on three main gateways into Blackburn with Darwen from the M65 motorway, releasing the potential of a number of strategic employment sites to attract and accelerate new development opportunities. The early delivery of these key transport improvements – already recognised by the Lancashire LEP and endorsed by Government with a GD3 allocation -  will be enabled and accelerated by the additional funding from the DfT, supporting the sustainable delivery of new homes, new businesses and jobs in the South East Blackburn and Furthergate areas of the borough.
  2. To bring forward the reconfiguration and upgrade of Brownhill Roundabout through a major signals maintenance scheme which wouldn’t have been affordable through the Council’s normal LTP maintenance programme. The junction is time expired in terms of signal heads, detection equipment, and traffic control systems and is also at the centre of the North Blackburn Masterplan area for new housing. Proposals include new signalling equipment, new surfacing, drainage improvements and the reconstruction of retaining walls. The redesigned junction will reduce peak time congestion and improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists.

Formal approval of the above will be sought at the Council’s April 2017 Executive Board meeting.

Local Transport Plan (LTP3)

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council’s third Local Transport Plan (LTP3) is a long term strategic document covering the period 2011-2021 and is the key mechanism for articulating and delivering transport policy at a local level.

The fundamental purpose of transport is to enable economic and social activity. Transport helps people to get to jobs and services and to visit people and places. It allows businesses to access suppliers and customers. However, transport also impacts upon people and places; traffic congestion brings delay, road accidents cause injury and death, and vehicle emissions affect people’s health and contribute to climate change.

Effective transport policy is not only reactive to local needs but also has an important role to play in enabling and encouraging more sustainable choices whilst helping to meet wider policy objectives.

Haslingden Road Intelligent Transport Systems bid

The proposed scheme comprises a package of measures that will help reduce congestion on
the A6077 Haslingden Road corridor at peak times. The route is of key strategic importance to
Blackburn with Darwen and is one of several arterial routes between Blackburn Town Centre
and the M65 and comprises various allocated development sites in its vicinity.

The proposed C-ITS scheme centres on the provision of a system of ANPR cameras and VMS /
display screens at key locations to influence trip distribution and departure times by offering real
time journey time data for available routes between the town centre and M65 both before and
during the journey.

You can download the bid (including annexed alternative routes map and project plan) here.

Joint Highways and Transport Masterplan for East Lancashire

“The Council is working with Lancashire County Council on the production of a joint Highways and Transport Masterplan for the East Lancashire area. The Masterplan  identifies problems, gaps and opportunities on the highways and public transport systems serving East Lancashire and importantly how they impact on the area’s economy. The Masterplan will also inform and determine future transport investment priorities for the East Lancashire geographic area.

The documents can be downloaded here:

Smarter travel choices

Blackburn with Darwen Council is committed to promoting smarter travel choices to help towards making our roads safer, cleaner and traffic free.

You can find a wide range of information about healthier, greener ways of travelling including walking, cycling, car sharing and public transport on the BwDConnect website.

Contact details

Mail Transport policy, Town Hall, Blackburn. BB1 7DY
Phone Number(s) 01254 585310
Fax Number(s) 01254 585599
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