Traffic and Infrastructure Overview
We are informed by Burnley Borough Council's Communications Officer that £10,000,000 has been set aside to help with Lancashire's roads.
But after the Lancashire floods in December 2015 - Read More ...
there will not be much money left as £5Million will be used up on repairs in Lancashire.
This in real Terms means there will be NO infrastructure upgrades to the roads that are going be swelled
with even more more traffic from the proposed Hollins Cross Farm and Rossendale Road sites.
The planners employed by Burnley Council call these gridlocked roads Pinch Points, the Council has no plans for improving
the present traffic flow on these roads, the answer given by there Communications Officer at a recent meeting was
"they intend to approach Lancashire County Council when the Urban Boundary has been moved and after the Property
Developers have built the houses".
Burnley's share of this money for traffic easement will be none existent.
Burnley's Hollins Cross Farm will be know as:-
Traffic Chaos for New Housing Developement
Rush Hour Madness for M65 Manchester Commuters.
School Run Nightmare for New Homes in Burnley Mothers.
Travelling up from the traffic lights at Bacup Road / New Road is a steady incline, in fact all roads to and from Glen View Road / New Road are inclines and are around 700-900 feet above sea level this is a very distinct altitude as there are two distinct snow lines here in this area - one manifesting itself at the Rose and Crown on Manchester Rd and the 2nd snow line across the middle of the Hollins Cross Farm site field. We asked the council have they checked past traffic survey records if they exist to show the congestion in bad weather on New Road/Glen View Road?
As yet no reply - so they answer is definately NO.
The building plan is to build 20+ houses / year from 2020-2032 on the Hollins Cross Farm site to attract "Young Money" to come to Burnley from Manchester for cheaper High Quality homes. Young high earners will generally be two car families, that is 40-50 new vehicles / year at peak times exiting onto New Road + all the Works Vehicles that will be using the Hollins Cross Farm site over the 12 year period as the Urban Sprawl takes hold.
Below is a video of trying to get to the M65 Motorway to drive to manchester at 07:30 am from Glen View Road - 150 yards from the proposed New Road Entrance to Hollins Cross Farm. At the end of the video the driver had to cut down Reynolds Street a notorious "Rat Run" and down towards Accrington Road.
These "Rat Runs" will become used more and more as the traffic jams worsen.
As the houses proposed on the Hollins Cross Farm site are for "Young Manchester Money - Yuppies", the M65 motorway will need to be accessed from the Hollins Cross Site via Glen View Rd / Rossendale Rd - this is bad at peak times now.
Times driving from Hollins Cross Farm to Manchester Deansgate:-
Depart from Hollins Cross Farm Burnley at 06:00 takes 45mins.
Depart from Hollins Cross Farm Burnley at 07:00 takes 60mins.
Depart from Hollins Cross Farm Burnley at 07:30 takes 80mins.
Depart from Hollins Cross Farm Burnley at 08:00 takes 90mins.
Times driving to Hollins Cross Farm from Deansgate Manchester:-
Depart from Deasgate Manchester at 16:00 takes 65mins.
Depart from Deasgate Manchester at 17:00 takes 90mins.
Depart from Deasgate Manchester at 17:30 takes 110mins.
Depart from Deasgate Manchester at 18:00 takes 90mins.
Depart from Deasgate Manchester at 18:30 takes 100mins.
Depart from Deasgate Manchester at 19:00 takes 90mins.
These timimgs were done in the school holidays - August 2016, extra time will be needed in Term Times and bad weather.
No account has been made for accidents or roadworks.
No account has been made for Autumn and Winter travelling.
We asked the Council had they done a traffic study of all adjoining roads and how all this new traffic is going to get down to the M65 Motorway
As yet NO answer.
The traffic congestion will get progressively worse every year over the 12 year period as Site Traffic at Hollins Cross Farm and Rossendale Road will interfere with rush hour traffic.
There is also a new development planned for Rossendale Road which will mean 50 more vehicles per annum heading towards Manchester Road / Rossendale Road traffic lights then on towards the M65 and Manchester Road Station. This is a total of up to 1000 new vehicles by 2032 on the Glen View Road, Rossendale Road, Manchester Road Junction.
We asked - Has the Council done a traffic count survey on Rossendale Road?
As yet NO answer.
The Council should have employed people to survey the traffic flows on Glen View, New,Rossendale and Manchester Roads similar to this type of document
On Match days at Turf Moor Glen View Road / Rosendale Road is a main arterial route to and from the ground for football traffic, now Burnley FC is a Premiership club this will mean larger crowds and more traffic, more cutting through the local housing estates, more danger to pedestrians.
As a sideline note by 2032 - if 2700 - 3000 houses are built in the Burnley Area this equates to another 5000-6000 cars minimum trying to access the town's roads. Has the Council done traffic count surveys on the availability of car parking spaces in Burnley?
Traffic Congestion on all roads in the area of the Hollins Cross Farm site are at present gridlocked during peak travel times from 07:30 - 09:30, 16:30 - 18:30.
Below are two recent photographs at differing times showing the congestion on Glen View Road
Hollins Cross Farm Access
The Speed limit on the New Road section where the proposed access to the Hollins Cross Farm is going to be is on an open limit 60mph stretch of road. Traffic driving up from the Bacup Road traffic lights will be doing 60mph at the brow of the hill just before Woodplumpton Road / New Road intersection. We asked the Council if they had performed an Accident assessment Survey on this Road?
As yet no answer.
The proposed access to this new Housing estate is in the middle of the "Murder Mile" a notrious Black Spot for Accidents involving High Speeding Vehicles. Over the years there have been many fatalities on the A646 in the very short length of road "New Road" from the 30mph point at the intersection of Glen View Road down to Bacup Road Traffic Lights.
To safely pull on to a road from a driveway or an intersecting street, a driver must be able to see approaching vehicles from a minimum distance.
This distance is known as "sight-distance". Generally, for each mile per hour of posted speed limit there needs to be at least 11 feet of
sight-distance. So if the posted speed limit is 60 miles per hour (mph) then the minimum sight-distance must be 660-feet. In other words, a
driver waiting to pull onto the road must be able to see vehicles approaching in all directions when they are at least 660 feet away.
If sight-distance is less than 660-feet then the likelihood of accidents will increase. The entrance to the Hollins Cross Farm site is less
than 500 feet from a blind bend.
We asked the Council if they had measured Glen View and New Road the A646 to check if the Proposed New Entrance to Hollins Cross Farm was safe to exit in both directions?
As yet no answer.
Children walking out of the proposed Hollins Cross Farm site onto New Road intersection will be trying to cross a 60mph Road to get to Bus Services on the corner of the Glen view Road intersection has the Council done any risk assessment towards pedestrians?
We as residents Know what the answer to all these questions will be - Burnley Council will pass the "Buck" and claim that the respomsibility for Access to the site, Congestion on the Roads, New infrastructure, safety Concerns for pedestrians, safety for cyclists and any other "Get out clause they can think of" is all the responsibility of Lancashire County Council. The upshot of all this is when the houses are built Burnley Council will THEN approach LCC to be told there is no funding for these projects / requirements.
Council Planning Officers have not researched Hollins Cross Farm Access
Development Land in Burnley - Hollins Cross Farm
Developers - We are informed by Burnley Borough Council's Communications Officer that £10,000,000 has been set aside to help with Lancashire's roads.
But after the Lancashire floods in December 2015 - there will not be much money left as £5Million will be used up on repairs in Lancashire.
This in real Terms means there will be NO infrastructure upgrades to the roads that are going be swelled with a total of 800-1000 more cars from the proposed Hollins Cross Farm and Rossendale Road sites.
The planners employed by Burnley Council call these gridlocked roads Pinch Points, the Council has no plans for improving the present traffic flow on these roads, the answer given by there Communications Officer at a recent meeting was "they intend to approach Lancashire County Council when the Urban Boundary has been moved and after the Property Developers have built the houses".
Facts - Traffic Congestion
Development Land in Burnley - Hollins Cross Farm
Developers - Burnley Council have told the Residents of the local area that they have not made plans to ease the present traffic chaos. They intend to force the responsibility onto the cash strapped LCC if and when the need arises. Lancashire County Council will run out of money in 2018
Adding 216 new houses to Hollins Cross Farm will mean 450 new vehicles trying to access local roads.