Diversion woe as key road is to close

Wrea Green
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Motorists could be faced with a three-mile diversion after it was revealed a key Fylde link road is to close for urgent surface repairs.

Ribby Road, in Wrea Green, from the junction of St Nicholas Church to the junction of St Nicholas Grove and Manor Road, is expected to be shut for around 10 days from September 29 to October 10.

Frank Andrews

Frank Andrews

The closure is expected to leave drivers to the east of the village faced with a three-mile diversion between Ribby Road, Blackpool Road and Fox Lane Ends to travel a normal journey of around 200 yards.

Wrea Green Coun Frank Andrews said the road closure would have a big impact on the village.

He added: “It is clearly more awkward than they (Lancashire County Council) realise. It is a big diversion.

“It will be awkward for people who live in St Nicholas Grove and Manor Road and everyone on the Kirkham side will be affected.

“For people on the other side it is much easier.

“We would love to have the road resurfaced, but it is quite a long time the road is out of use. It will affect a lot of people on the east of the village.”

The road is a key link for motorists travelling between Lytham to Junction 3 of the M55, as well as workers at BAE Warton and members of Ribby Hall Leisure Village.

A spokesman for County Hall said the road would be closed between 7am and 6pm every day, but should be open to drivers outside of those hours.

He added the road could be opened sooner if work is completed quickly.