Funds to fix shift­ing moss roads

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MOSS roads in West Lan­cashire will un­dergo long awaited re­pairs thanks to fund­ing of more than half a mil­lion pounds.

Lan­cashire County Coun­cil has com­mit­ted the money to fix­ing the ru­ral roads as part of a £15.9m pack­age of im­prove­ments with funds from the Depart­ment for Trans­port.

The ma­jor­ity of that money, which will come from the DfT’s In­fra­struc­ture In­vest­ment Fund, will be used main­tain the A601(M) mo­tor­way link near Carn­forth, in­clud­ing re­fur­bish­ing three bridges and re­mov­ing one to be re­placed by a ground level junction.

The rest will be split be­tween re­pair­ing storm-dam­aged roads, fix­ing the moss roads, and car­ry­ing on es­sen­tial main­te­nance to traf­fic lights, street­lights and drainage sys­tems.

In to­tal, £547,000 will be used to im­prove the moss roads, which present a par­tic­u­lar main­te­nance chal­lenge as the peat they are built upon is prone to drying out in sum­mer months, af­fect­ing the foun­da­tions of the road, which can then de­te­ri­o­rate fur­ther when mois­ture pen­e­trates any cracks and freezes dur­ing the win­ter.

The roads be­ing re­paired are: Moss Lane (Hes­keth Bank) from Tay­lor’s Meany­gate to num­ber 163; Gravel Lane (Mere Brow) from the A565 to Parker’s Brew­ery; Green Lane (Mere Brow); and Se­gars Lane (Hal­sall).

Fund­ing to re­pair Tay­lors Meany­gate, Gorse Lane (Tar­leton) and New Lane Pace (Banks) has pre­vi­ously been ap­proved to take place in the next 12 months.

County Cllr Keith Id­don, cab­i­net mem­ber for high­ways and trans­port, said: “I’m very pleased that the strong ev­i­dence we have pre­sented for the need for ex­tra in­vest­ment in these trans­port pri­or­i­ties has been recog­nised with the award of this sig­nif­i­cant ex­tra fund­ing.”

£5m to fix roads: P8

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