Summer’s high for traffic nightmares

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Motorists in Eccleston are being warned to expect a summer of traffic hell after a string of road closures were announced.

Church Lane - one of the village’s busiest thoroughfares - will close for SEVEN weeks to allow flood prevention work to go ahead.

Engineers from United Utilities are installing a giant underground water storage tank in a field off Church Lane as part of a multi-million project to improve the town’s sewerage system.

Nearby Acacia Grove will also be closed for four weeks, while temporary traffic lights will be on Springfield Lane, Broadway and Chapel Lane.

Project co-ordinator Guy Lovell said: “We really hope people will bear with us. Unfortunately at more than 400mm in diameter and several metres deep, we have had to take the difficult decision to close the roads for the safety of our engineers and road users, but we will get the work done as quickly as we can.

“We are doing everything we can to make it easy on people but it’s really important work to save local families from the misery of sewer flooding.”

Measuring 20m across and almost 13m deep, engineers say once installed, the new storage tank will stop homes being flooded by overflowing drains during heavy rainfall.

Starting on June 23, the project is expected to be completed by Christmas.

Church Lane will close on July 14, with Acacia Grove shutting the following week on July 21. Council chiefs say bin collections will not be affected

Work will continue six days a week to ensure the project’s speedy completion.