IT’S pain for long term gain. That is the message from community leaders over the closure of a major “artery” road between two Wyre towns.
The closure of Tithebarn Street bridge between January 7 and May 22, 2013, will mean traffic having to divert along just two alternative routes between Poulton and Carleton.
Town leaders are encouraging residents to remain positive despite congestion likely to be caused along Breck Road and Amounderness Way, and over Carleton crossing.
Coun Peter Gibson, leader of Wyre Council and ward councillor for Breck ward, said: “Everyone recognises the electrification needs to be done for the benefits it will bring for rail travel.
“It is going to cause traffic problems, it is busy down Breck Road anyway and it will mean more traffic. But it is necessary in terms of long term gains to bring people to the area.”
Brigid Gildert, headteacher at St John’s Primary School on Breck Road, said: “It will have implications here, it will bring all the traffic down this way.
“We’ve got excellent lollipop ladies so it’s important people adhere to them. And we have a big drive for walking to school so maybe it’s time for everyone to start that.”
It is also expected for traffic to build up around the already-busy Carleton crossing area, on Blackpool Road.
Lesley Middleton, chairman of the Poulton and Carleton Residents’ Association, said: “Carleton crossing is busy enough as it is.”
But residents must hold tight during the closure to eventually reap the benefits the electrification work will bring, leaders have said.
Mrs Middleton added: “I think everyone is quite worried it will impact on traffic but it’s 16 weeks of pain for long term gain, hopefully.
“It is a major artery road into the town but there isn’t any way around it. Poulton isn’t a town built for traffic.”