Flooding causes traffic misery after heavy rain

Traffic queues on Lawson Road
Traffic queues on Lawson Road
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The closure of a key road due to flooding has led to traffic misery in Blackpool.

Mythop Road in Marton has been closed for a week after parts of the carriageway were submerged by water following heavy rainfall.

At rush hour it has been horrendous – I have spent 10 minutes trying to get out of my drive

It is hoped the road will reopen today.

Workers have had to clear debris from a culvert which was preventing water from draining.

The closure has forced drivers to find alternative routes to reach their destinations on the other side of Blackpool, leading to long queues in residential roads including Lawson Road and Lancaster Road.

Marton councillor Jim Elmes, who lives on Lancaster Road, said: “Traffic has been up 100 per cent on what it usually is.

“At rush hour it has been horrendous – I have spent 10 minutes trying to get out of my drive.

“There have been long queues building up at the junction of Lawson Road and East Park Drive.

“Everyone has been talking about it.”

Another resident, who asked not to be named said: “Ever since Mythop Road has been closed the traffic on Lawson Road and the surrounding streets has been horrendous.

“It is because this is the other route for people trying to get to Poulton and Staining.

“But it has been a nightmare for residents trying to reach their homes, especially during rush hour.”

Harvey Danson, area highways manager for Lancashire County Council, said: “We had to close Mythop Road due to flooding from adjacent fields which was caused by a large culvert some distance away being blocked by flood debris.

“We’ve now cleared the debris and the water is receding so we’re hoping to be able to reopen Mythop Road.

“We’re grateful for people’s patience while the road has been closed, and are monitoring the situation closely to be able to clean and reopen the road as soon as we can.”

The water was around nine inches deep and affected about 100 metres of the highway.

Emergency crews and council workers who attended at the scene, advised drivers to use alternative routes.

Mythop Road is the main route linking Blackpool, via Preston New Road, with rural villages including Staining and Singleton.