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Lights work to cause delays

Traffic lights at Oxford Square, Blackpool.

Traffic lights at Oxford Square, Blackpool.

Work set to begin in Blackpool on Monday could spark traffic disruption.

Traffic signals are being replaced around the area Oxford Square and Vicarage Lane area for the next 10 weeks, affecting traffic flow through the junction.

The work is being carried out by E.On as part of an initial five year investment to replace street lights and traffic signals which have reached the end of their life.

While E.On is carrying out the work, changes to the way traffic travels through the area will also have to change. This will take place in four stages, as the work moves around the junctions.

Temporary traffic lights will be in place at the Oxford Square crossroads throughout the works.

Between Monday, February 10 and Sunday, April 13, all manoeuvres will still be possible through the temporary lights.

From Monday, February 24, access to Vicarage Lane from Waterloo Road will be closed temporarily until Sunday 16 March.

Between Sunday, March 16 and Sunday, April 13, there will be no right turns accessing or leaving Vicarage Road at the junction of Waterloo Road.

Finally, between Sunday, April 13 and Friday, May 16 temporary traffic lights will be put in place at the Vicarage Lane and Waterloo Road junction.

At the same time, access for large and heavy goods vehicles will be restricted turning right from Waterloo Road on to Preston New Road and straight on from Park Road to Preston New Road.

Cllr John Jones, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “The street lighting project is an important one that will benefit Blackpool road users in the long run.

“But I do appreciate that the resulting road works that come with it can be frustrating to many. We want to let people know about these works so that journeys to work and around the town can be altered while they are ongoing.”

Works will be suspended during the Easter weekend from Thursday 17 April to Tuesday 22 April.

All emergency services and bus operators have been informed of the traffic changes.

To find out more about the project or report a problem, visit www.clp.uk.com/blackpool

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