M65 repairs to cause 'long delays' for 6 months

Roadworks on a 3.5 mile section of the M65 will last until December

Roadworks on a 3.5 mile section of the M65 will last until December

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ROADWORKS to improve safety barriers on the M65 are set to cause ‘long delays’ until December.

A 3.5 mile section of the motorway will be affected between junction 10 at Gannow, Burnley, and junction 12 at Brierfield, with a rolling 1km stretch to be reduced to one lane at all times.

Signs warning drivers to expect ‘long delays’ from July 21 until December were being tested along the route yesterday.

Lancashire County Council, which maintains this section of the motorway, said the £350,000 project would allow traffic to use the hard shoulder during future road works, thus reducing delays.

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Barriers next to the hard shoulder and bridge parapet walls will be strengthened. The aim is to stop vehicles going through them during an accident.

Oliver Starkey, the council’s highways manager for East Lancashire, said: “This scheme is vital to improve the standard of the safety barriers on the M65.

“It will also help to reduce delays by allowing two lanes of traffic to be maintained during future works.

“We’ll do our best to minimise disruption and, where possible, look to avoid working when we can expect the motorway to be at its busiest, for example on days that Burnley FC are playing at home.

“We're sorry for the inconvenience and would ask people who use the M65 to leave extra time for their journeys while the work takes place.” The project will begin at junction 12 of the westbound carriageway, working towards junction 10 before returning along the eastbound side.

The council said it hoped the work would ease delays during a major project to replace the central reservation barrier, which is proposed to take place in 2015.

A separate £1.43million scheme to install traffic lights at junction five of the M65, at Guide, is due to begin in September.

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11:31am Wed 9 Jul 14

dg666 says...

Have they mentioned anything about a reduced speed limit with camera's that will probably earn them more in 'fines' than the cost of the funded project!!?
Have they mentioned anything about a reduced speed limit with camera's that will probably earn them more in 'fines' than the cost of the funded project!!? dg666
  • Score: -15

12:29pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Excluded again says...

How so? There will be signs saying their is a reduced speed limit and cameras on giant yellow metal poles.

If you miss all of this and still speed then you are not safe to drive on the roads anyway.
How so? There will be signs saying their is a reduced speed limit and cameras on giant yellow metal poles. If you miss all of this and still speed then you are not safe to drive on the roads anyway. Excluded again
  • Score: 32

1:08pm Wed 9 Jul 14

The Seagull has landed says...

dg666 wrote:
Have they mentioned anything about a reduced speed limit with camera's that will probably earn them more in 'fines' than the cost of the funded project!!?
And your point is what exactly?

If there are road works in place then the speed limit has to be reduced. If you drive irresponsibley through road works or anywhere else for that matter you deserve to be fined.
[quote][p][bold]dg666[/bold] wrote: Have they mentioned anything about a reduced speed limit with camera's that will probably earn them more in 'fines' than the cost of the funded project!!?[/p][/quote]And your point is what exactly? If there are road works in place then the speed limit has to be reduced. If you drive irresponsibley through road works or anywhere else for that matter you deserve to be fined. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 23

2:13pm Wed 9 Jul 14

HarryBosch says...

I agree with you Muggers but what you fail to remember is that you can have as many signs as you like but you will still get tools who ignore them and cart on regardless!
Reason for rant? I've just got back from Blackpool, and as you may know there are average speed cameras on M6 access slip to M55 to enforce a 50 mph llimit. (And vice versa coming back) There was not a small number of people whizzing past me in both directions!
When the fine drops through the post they'll be crying on here I've no doubt.
I agree with you Muggers but what you fail to remember is that you can have as many signs as you like but you will still get tools who ignore them and cart on regardless! Reason for rant? I've just got back from Blackpool, and as you may know there are average speed cameras on M6 access slip to M55 to enforce a 50 mph llimit. (And vice versa coming back) There was not a small number of people whizzing past me in both directions! When the fine drops through the post they'll be crying on here I've no doubt. HarryBosch
  • Score: 15

2:16pm Wed 9 Jul 14

workaholic says...

Hey people - The bottom line is - If this project saves just ONE life as a result, then it will be worth a few weeks of inconvenience !! :-)
Hey people - The bottom line is - If this project saves just ONE life as a result, then it will be worth a few weeks of inconvenience !! :-) workaholic
  • Score: 9

2:18pm Wed 9 Jul 14

site supervisor says...

Barriers next to the hard shoulder and bridge parapet walls will be strengthened. The aim is to stop vehicles going through them during an accident.

Is it just me or does that mean more damage to your car ...I would sooner go it a grass sideing than a metal barrier.
Barriers next to the hard shoulder and bridge parapet walls will be strengthened. The aim is to stop vehicles going through them during an accident. Is it just me or does that mean more damage to your car ...I would sooner go it a grass sideing than a metal barrier. site supervisor
  • Score: -9

3:14pm Wed 9 Jul 14

A Darener says...

And when they have finished they will probably decide to put lights up and cause chaos for even longer.
And when they have finished they will probably decide to put lights up and cause chaos for even longer. A Darener
  • Score: 3

4:30pm Wed 9 Jul 14

POW WOW says...

Oh and don't forget to leave us some working lights when the job is completed !!!!!!!!!!! Thanks !!!!!!!!!!!
Oh and don't forget to leave us some working lights when the job is completed !!!!!!!!!!! Thanks !!!!!!!!!!! POW WOW
  • Score: 7

4:40pm Wed 9 Jul 14

dg666 says...

The Seagull has landed wrote:
dg666 wrote:
Have they mentioned anything about a reduced speed limit with camera's that will probably earn them more in 'fines' than the cost of the funded project!!?
And your point is what exactly?

If there are road works in place then the speed limit has to be reduced. If you drive irresponsibley through road works or anywhere else for that matter you deserve to be fined.
My point is that if you drive as many miles as i do you would be as completely wee wee'd off as i am with these 50 mile an hour restrictions. They put them out for 15 miles when the work is only being carried out on a 5 mile stretch. This is purely a money making strategy. Add to this that usually the next bridge after the end of the restrictions is where the police tend to wait with their camera's to catch the frustrated motorist who has put their foot down a little after the restrictions, and yet a again the motorist is the easy target, most of us are trying to earn an honest living but are constantly seen as an easy target and a cash cow!

I also currently have a clean licence as i don't speed and i am not a tool as referred to in another post by somebody who i wont even engage with. I am a sensible driver who does a lot of miles and i am just frustrated with all these restrictions!!
[quote][p][bold]The Seagull has landed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dg666[/bold] wrote: Have they mentioned anything about a reduced speed limit with camera's that will probably earn them more in 'fines' than the cost of the funded project!!?[/p][/quote]And your point is what exactly? If there are road works in place then the speed limit has to be reduced. If you drive irresponsibley through road works or anywhere else for that matter you deserve to be fined.[/p][/quote]My point is that if you drive as many miles as i do you would be as completely wee wee'd off as i am with these 50 mile an hour restrictions. They put them out for 15 miles when the work is only being carried out on a 5 mile stretch. This is purely a money making strategy. Add to this that usually the next bridge after the end of the restrictions is where the police tend to wait with their camera's to catch the frustrated motorist who has put their foot down a little after the restrictions, and yet a again the motorist is the easy target, most of us are trying to earn an honest living but are constantly seen as an easy target and a cash cow! I also currently have a clean licence as i don't speed and i am not a tool as referred to in another post by somebody who i wont even engage with. I am a sensible driver who does a lot of miles and i am just frustrated with all these restrictions!! dg666
  • Score: -1

5:02pm Wed 9 Jul 14

HarryBosch says...

In response to dg666 - the only comment about tools was mine, and I can categorically say that I was NOT referring to any one particular person. As most people on here may know, I am now retired from a 25yr driving career and over one & half million miles as a professional driver. But things have changed since the 80's when I started out. As a consequence, our driving habits need to change too. The number of vehicles on the road has more than doubled since then for one. Speed is one of the four main killers on the roads. Speeding is indefensible in this era. Keep to the speed limit, you will get there and probably safely. And to the poster who said he would much rather come off into a glass verge, I say that I for one appreciate the new barriers as it will be another defence against cross over accidents which mean innocent drivers are more likely to be going home safe at the end of a journey.
In response to dg666 - the only comment about tools was mine, and I can categorically say that I was NOT referring to any one particular person. As most people on here may know, I am now retired from a 25yr driving career and over one & half million miles as a professional driver. But things have changed since the 80's when I started out. As a consequence, our driving habits need to change too. The number of vehicles on the road has more than doubled since then for one. Speed is one of the four main killers on the roads. Speeding is indefensible in this era. Keep to the speed limit, you will get there and probably safely. And to the poster who said he would much rather come off into a glass verge, I say that I for one appreciate the new barriers as it will be another defence against cross over accidents which mean innocent drivers are more likely to be going home safe at the end of a journey. HarryBosch
  • Score: 9

5:35pm Wed 9 Jul 14

The Seagull has landed says...

dg666 wrote:
The Seagull has landed wrote:
dg666 wrote:
Have they mentioned anything about a reduced speed limit with camera's that will probably earn them more in 'fines' than the cost of the funded project!!?
And your point is what exactly?

If there are road works in place then the speed limit has to be reduced. If you drive irresponsibley through road works or anywhere else for that matter you deserve to be fined.
My point is that if you drive as many miles as i do you would be as completely wee wee'd off as i am with these 50 mile an hour restrictions. They put them out for 15 miles when the work is only being carried out on a 5 mile stretch. This is purely a money making strategy. Add to this that usually the next bridge after the end of the restrictions is where the police tend to wait with their camera's to catch the frustrated motorist who has put their foot down a little after the restrictions, and yet a again the motorist is the easy target, most of us are trying to earn an honest living but are constantly seen as an easy target and a cash cow!

I also currently have a clean licence as i don't speed and i am not a tool as referred to in another post by somebody who i wont even engage with. I am a sensible driver who does a lot of miles and i am just frustrated with all these restrictions!!
I can't really comment on your claim that they put the temp speed limit on 15 miles before the road works as I don't know the highways agency's policy on that. In relation to the M65 roadworks I'm pretty sure they won't be doing that otherwise the temp speed restrictions would start at around junction 4, which just won't happen. I'm surmising that they put them on a good few miles before the road works to give people enough warning and enable them to get used to travelling at 50 mph.
I personally have had to deal with the consequences of complete @rseholes driving like idiots through roadworks killing road workers so the limits are there for safety reasons, I can't see how anybody can grumble at that. And they have to be enforced by cameras which also act as a deterrent for the vast majority.
I know it's frustrating for motorists, particularly those who put the miles in but safety comes first. Either plan an alternative route or allow for being slightly late.
[quote][p][bold]dg666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Seagull has landed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dg666[/bold] wrote: Have they mentioned anything about a reduced speed limit with camera's that will probably earn them more in 'fines' than the cost of the funded project!!?[/p][/quote]And your point is what exactly? If there are road works in place then the speed limit has to be reduced. If you drive irresponsibley through road works or anywhere else for that matter you deserve to be fined.[/p][/quote]My point is that if you drive as many miles as i do you would be as completely wee wee'd off as i am with these 50 mile an hour restrictions. They put them out for 15 miles when the work is only being carried out on a 5 mile stretch. This is purely a money making strategy. Add to this that usually the next bridge after the end of the restrictions is where the police tend to wait with their camera's to catch the frustrated motorist who has put their foot down a little after the restrictions, and yet a again the motorist is the easy target, most of us are trying to earn an honest living but are constantly seen as an easy target and a cash cow! I also currently have a clean licence as i don't speed and i am not a tool as referred to in another post by somebody who i wont even engage with. I am a sensible driver who does a lot of miles and i am just frustrated with all these restrictions!![/p][/quote]I can't really comment on your claim that they put the temp speed limit on 15 miles before the road works as I don't know the highways agency's policy on that. In relation to the M65 roadworks I'm pretty sure they won't be doing that otherwise the temp speed restrictions would start at around junction 4, which just won't happen. I'm surmising that they put them on a good few miles before the road works to give people enough warning and enable them to get used to travelling at 50 mph. I personally have had to deal with the consequences of complete @rseholes driving like idiots through roadworks killing road workers so the limits are there for safety reasons, I can't see how anybody can grumble at that. And they have to be enforced by cameras which also act as a deterrent for the vast majority. I know it's frustrating for motorists, particularly those who put the miles in but safety comes first. Either plan an alternative route or allow for being slightly late. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 6

9:15pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Darwen Malc says...

site supervisor wrote:
Barriers next to the hard shoulder and bridge parapet walls will be strengthened. The aim is to stop vehicles going through them during an accident.

Is it just me or does that mean more damage to your car ...I would sooner go it a grass sideing than a metal barrier.
But what if you veered into, and through, the central reservation barrier and into oncoming traffic?
Answers on a postage stamp please?
[quote][p][bold]site supervisor[/bold] wrote: Barriers next to the hard shoulder and bridge parapet walls will be strengthened. The aim is to stop vehicles going through them during an accident. Is it just me or does that mean more damage to your car ...I would sooner go it a grass sideing than a metal barrier.[/p][/quote]But what if you veered into, and through, the central reservation barrier and into oncoming traffic? Answers on a postage stamp please? Darwen Malc
  • Score: 3

9:58pm Wed 9 Jul 14

disgusted tunbridge wells says...

Will they use the same team as the "urgent works" on Grane Road, no sign of activity for three weeks just the temporary lights
Will they use the same team as the "urgent works" on Grane Road, no sign of activity for three weeks just the temporary lights disgusted tunbridge wells
  • Score: 5

10:53pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Pendlesider says...

replace the words 'safety barriers' with the words 'removing lighting' and you'll be somewhere near to the truth.
replace the words 'safety barriers' with the words 'removing lighting' and you'll be somewhere near to the truth. Pendlesider
  • Score: 4

6:27am Thu 10 Jul 14

imo1984 says...

dg666 wrote:
The Seagull has landed wrote:
dg666 wrote:
Have they mentioned anything about a reduced speed limit with camera's that will probably earn them more in 'fines' than the cost of the funded project!!?
And your point is what exactly?

If there are road works in place then the speed limit has to be reduced. If you drive irresponsibley through road works or anywhere else for that matter you deserve to be fined.
My point is that if you drive as many miles as i do you would be as completely wee wee'd off as i am with these 50 mile an hour restrictions. They put them out for 15 miles when the work is only being carried out on a 5 mile stretch. This is purely a money making strategy. Add to this that usually the next bridge after the end of the restrictions is where the police tend to wait with their camera's to catch the frustrated motorist who has put their foot down a little after the restrictions, and yet a again the motorist is the easy target, most of us are trying to earn an honest living but are constantly seen as an easy target and a cash cow!

I also currently have a clean licence as i don't speed and i am not a tool as referred to in another post by somebody who i wont even engage with. I am a sensible driver who does a lot of miles and i am just frustrated with all these restrictions!!
Understand your frustrations but the bottom line is if it's 50 then it's 50, yes it slows you down but it also means you are more fuel efficient for those miles so there is a silver lining.
[quote][p][bold]dg666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Seagull has landed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dg666[/bold] wrote: Have they mentioned anything about a reduced speed limit with camera's that will probably earn them more in 'fines' than the cost of the funded project!!?[/p][/quote]And your point is what exactly? If there are road works in place then the speed limit has to be reduced. If you drive irresponsibley through road works or anywhere else for that matter you deserve to be fined.[/p][/quote]My point is that if you drive as many miles as i do you would be as completely wee wee'd off as i am with these 50 mile an hour restrictions. They put them out for 15 miles when the work is only being carried out on a 5 mile stretch. This is purely a money making strategy. Add to this that usually the next bridge after the end of the restrictions is where the police tend to wait with their camera's to catch the frustrated motorist who has put their foot down a little after the restrictions, and yet a again the motorist is the easy target, most of us are trying to earn an honest living but are constantly seen as an easy target and a cash cow! I also currently have a clean licence as i don't speed and i am not a tool as referred to in another post by somebody who i wont even engage with. I am a sensible driver who does a lot of miles and i am just frustrated with all these restrictions!![/p][/quote]Understand your frustrations but the bottom line is if it's 50 then it's 50, yes it slows you down but it also means you are more fuel efficient for those miles so there is a silver lining. imo1984
  • Score: 5

12:26pm Thu 10 Jul 14

rudis_dad says...

site supervisor wrote:
Barriers next to the hard shoulder and bridge parapet walls will be strengthened. The aim is to stop vehicles going through them during an accident.

Is it just me or does that mean more damage to your car ...I would sooner go it a grass sideing than a metal barrier.
Idiot. A banged up car can be repaired or replaced. A dead human being can't be. Although in some cases that might not be a bad thing.

Strikes me that all the nay-sayers, be it about extra barriers or reduced speed limits are all part of the "Me Me Me" brigade who have little or no regard for anyone except themselves, and even that leaves something to be desired.
[quote][p][bold]site supervisor[/bold] wrote: Barriers next to the hard shoulder and bridge parapet walls will be strengthened. The aim is to stop vehicles going through them during an accident. Is it just me or does that mean more damage to your car ...I would sooner go it a grass sideing than a metal barrier.[/p][/quote]Idiot. A banged up car can be repaired or replaced. A dead human being can't be. Although in some cases that might not be a bad thing. Strikes me that all the nay-sayers, be it about extra barriers or reduced speed limits are all part of the "Me Me Me" brigade who have little or no regard for anyone except themselves, and even that leaves something to be desired. rudis_dad
  • Score: 1

2:47pm Thu 10 Jul 14

petestan says...

Pendlesider wrote:
replace the words 'safety barriers' with the words 'removing lighting' and you'll be somewhere near to the truth.
I was wondering that as well come on Lancs. Telegraph see if you can find out if that means they will be removing the street lights at the same time therefore leaving themselves no option but to totally replace them in the future at great expense, which effectively means never.
[quote][p][bold]Pendlesider[/bold] wrote: replace the words 'safety barriers' with the words 'removing lighting' and you'll be somewhere near to the truth.[/p][/quote]I was wondering that as well come on Lancs. Telegraph see if you can find out if that means they will be removing the street lights at the same time therefore leaving themselves no option but to totally replace them in the future at great expense, which effectively means never. petestan
  • Score: 0

4:05pm Thu 10 Jul 14

rudis_dad says...

petestan wrote:
Pendlesider wrote:
replace the words 'safety barriers' with the words 'removing lighting' and you'll be somewhere near to the truth.
I was wondering that as well come on Lancs. Telegraph see if you can find out if that means they will be removing the street lights at the same time therefore leaving themselves no option but to totally replace them in the future at great expense, which effectively means never.
What? You mean you want the LT to do some investigative journalism? More chance of Brazil winning the World Cup, mate!!
[quote][p][bold]petestan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pendlesider[/bold] wrote: replace the words 'safety barriers' with the words 'removing lighting' and you'll be somewhere near to the truth.[/p][/quote]I was wondering that as well come on Lancs. Telegraph see if you can find out if that means they will be removing the street lights at the same time therefore leaving themselves no option but to totally replace them in the future at great expense, which effectively means never.[/p][/quote]What? You mean you want the LT to do some investigative journalism? More chance of Brazil winning the World Cup, mate!! rudis_dad
  • Score: 2

7:17am Fri 11 Jul 14

Sunflower82 says...

Great! Bad enough that I have to make the journey to Burnley hospital whilst in labour to give birth now I have to do it in a traffic jam. Better look for an alternative route!
Great! Bad enough that I have to make the journey to Burnley hospital whilst in labour to give birth now I have to do it in a traffic jam. Better look for an alternative route! Sunflower82
  • Score: 0

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