Two-way hope for high street

Poulton Street, Kirkham
Poulton Street, Kirkham

A one-way route on a Fylde high street could soon be returned to two-way traffic as work continues on a £100,000 footpath project.

Earlier this month, work began on Poulton Street, Kirkham, on the third phase of the town’s pavement improvement plan.

The busy main road has been changed to a one-way system, stopping vehicles travelling easterly between the junction of Orders Lane and Birley Street, and has caused some problems for traders and drivers.

Elaine Silverwood, owner of SilverDell Bookshop on Poulton Street and chairman of the Kirkham Business Group, helped to secure funding for the project through the High Street Innovation Fund.

She said: “The work is causing disruption to the high street and has had a detrimental effect on trade.

“I’m in daily communication with the head engineer from Lancashire County Council (LCC) and discussing how quickly we can remove the one-way system and have a traffic light control system in place.

“At the moment, he says that there is a safety issue for drivers leaving Morrisons entrance as their sight-line is being obscured by the LCC heavy vehicles.

“I am being advised that in the next couple of days the contractors will be far enough away from the entrance and the alternative system will be in place.”

Kirkham Coun Liz Oades said the project would continue to improve the high street.

She added: “We’ve probably got fewer closed shops in Kirkham than any other area.

“I am delighted to see the work being done. Some traders were unhappy on the first day of roadworks, but I’m pleased with the work so far.”

Sim Lane Dixon, public realm manager at Lancashire County Council said: “The temporary prohibition is necessary to enable a safe working environment for the completion of essential footway maintenance works.

“The one-way system will be in place until 6pm on August 15, or until completion of the works within this period.”