Roadworks causing traffic chaos in Lostock

The Bolton News: The roadworks at the junction of Rumworth Road and Junction Road West The roadworks at the junction of Rumworth Road and Junction Road West

RESIDENTS have complained about traffic chaos in Lostock as Bolton Council works to repair two roads in the same area.

Motorists have been stuck for more than an hour during the rush hour due to the closure of Junction Road West and temporary traffic lights being set up in nearby Rumworth Road.

Junction Road West, a main trunk road between Lostock and Beaumont Road, is set to be closed until April 20, while the council is hopeful of fully opening Rumworth Road by Friday.

The council said both roads were in “desperate need of resurfacing”, adding that it was cost-effective for contractors to work on the two projects at the same time.

But residents disagree, arguing that the double closure is “thoughtless and stupid” and has caused serious disruption for residents.

Michelle Westhead, aged 41, lives in Tempest Road, which has been badly affected by the closures.

She said: “My children go to Lostock School and I work out of the area — it is not an option to walk them to school as I then go on to commute to work.

“I understand that these works have to be done, but why at the same time? It is stupid and thoughtless.

“Not only has this caused problems for residents and children going to school in the area, but other roads are now being affected by heavy traffic.”

Mrs Westhead said that her daughter usually catches a free bus to Bolton Sixth Form College, which travels via Chew Moor and has now been cancelled while the work takes place.

The closures have also affected people from outside of Lostock.

Halima Patel has had to cancel her son’s tuition at the Parish Centre in Tempest Road as she cannot get through the roadworks.

Mrs Patel, aged 42, who lives in Sonning Drive, Bolton, said: “Last Monday the roadworks meant that we were stuck for more than an hour. My son missed his tuition — I think a bit more logic is needed.

“We won’t be going back until the closures are over, which is disrupting him ahead of his SATs.”

Bolton Council’s transport representative Cllr David Chadwick said: “We’re trying to get the maximum impact at the most economical rate — by putting the two together we’re trying to save money.

“We are trying to get it done as fast as possible, but we’re asking residents to be understanding in the meantime.”

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3:29pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Moaning indie says...

I live just off Junction Road West and it's correct, the road was in desperate need of repairs. When I moved here 36 years ago, Junction Road West was a quiet road, it is now a rat run for everyone and the road surface has suffered as a result. The workmen on the job have been extremely courteous to us residents and have maintained access for us at all times throughout the work. As for not being able to get anywhere, as local we all know the alternative routes but we were given a full schedule of the work and the routes to get around. Yes, going to Westhoughton the first week meant going via Beaumont Road instead of through Chew Moor - a little further granted but worth it for a short period of time to get the road resurfaced. As for people complaining about the road being closed - signs were posted weeks & weeks beforehand informing all "passers through" that it would be closed and for how long, giving you ample time to sort yourselves out. People will complain about everything theses days! As an ACTUAL resident I have no complaints and the small inconvenience has been worth it. Junction Road West is a residential road, not a dual carriageway for commuters. Get a life!
I live just off Junction Road West and it's correct, the road was in desperate need of repairs. When I moved here 36 years ago, Junction Road West was a quiet road, it is now a rat run for everyone and the road surface has suffered as a result. The workmen on the job have been extremely courteous to us residents and have maintained access for us at all times throughout the work. As for not being able to get anywhere, as local we all know the alternative routes but we were given a full schedule of the work and the routes to get around. Yes, going to Westhoughton the first week meant going via Beaumont Road instead of through Chew Moor - a little further granted but worth it for a short period of time to get the road resurfaced. As for people complaining about the road being closed - signs were posted weeks & weeks beforehand informing all "passers through" that it would be closed and for how long, giving you ample time to sort yourselves out. People will complain about everything theses days! As an ACTUAL resident I have no complaints and the small inconvenience has been worth it. Junction Road West is a residential road, not a dual carriageway for commuters. Get a life! Moaning indie
  • Score: 27

5:11pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Boltontoday says...

Junction Road West is hardly "a main trunk road".
Junction Road West is hardly "a main trunk road". Boltontoday
  • Score: 9

7:14pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Otters pocket says...

As a resident of lostock I totally agree with moaning mindy.if it's such a big problem get up earlier or set of earlier .i also commute out the area and it hasn't been a problem.get a life and stop moaning.
As a resident of lostock I totally agree with moaning mindy.if it's such a big problem get up earlier or set of earlier .i also commute out the area and it hasn't been a problem.get a life and stop moaning. Otters pocket
  • Score: 11

8:34pm Mon 14 Apr 14

annapoppysox says...

I have read the previous comments but I have been virtually cut off from where I live in Lostock. Junction Road West has been completely closed and the railway bridge was only on lights for a few days then completely closed. My only way into work in Bolton was to travel through Chew Moor up Lock Lane and then queue in traffic along an already congested Wigan Road. This has added ample travelling time and distance to my journey. Why both roads were closed at the same time is beyond be. Some residents were allowed access but not from where I live as the roads were completely shut off. I have a life and I will moan because I feel I have the right to along with many others who live on the same stretch as me.
I have read the previous comments but I have been virtually cut off from where I live in Lostock. Junction Road West has been completely closed and the railway bridge was only on lights for a few days then completely closed. My only way into work in Bolton was to travel through Chew Moor up Lock Lane and then queue in traffic along an already congested Wigan Road. This has added ample travelling time and distance to my journey. Why both roads were closed at the same time is beyond be. Some residents were allowed access but not from where I live as the roads were completely shut off. I have a life and I will moan because I feel I have the right to along with many others who live on the same stretch as me. annapoppysox
  • Score: -4

9:10pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Moaning indie says...

You didn't have to use Lock Lane, you could have gone to the traffic lights at the white Horse for example. As I said earlier, a little inconvenience for a short time. Tempest Road/Rumworth Road was only closed off a week ago so not that big a problem. The job is a short term project carrying out much needed work and was known about well in advance. Planning is the key for the workmen and us. It has been done this way to save money from our rates - unusually the Council seem to be using a brain with this. Guess you can't please all the people all of the time!
You didn't have to use Lock Lane, you could have gone to the traffic lights at the white Horse for example. As I said earlier, a little inconvenience for a short time. Tempest Road/Rumworth Road was only closed off a week ago so not that big a problem. The job is a short term project carrying out much needed work and was known about well in advance. Planning is the key for the workmen and us. It has been done this way to save money from our rates - unusually the Council seem to be using a brain with this. Guess you can't please all the people all of the time! Moaning indie
  • Score: 6

9:18pm Mon 14 Apr 14

annapoppysox says...

You didn't have to use Lock Lane, you could have gone to the traffic lights at the white Horse for example. As I said earlier, a little inconvenience for a short time. Tempest Road/Rumworth Road was only closed off a week ago so not that big a problem. The job is a short term project carrying out much needed work and was known about well in advance. Planning is the key for the workmen and us. It has been done this way to save money from our rates - unusually the Council seem to be using a brain with this. Guess you can't please all the people all of the time!


Yes I could have gone to the white horse then along the A6 and onto Chequerbent roundabout and then even further down Wigan road which is a nightmare in the mornings at the best of times and a much longer journey than going up Lock Lane.
You didn't have to use Lock Lane, you could have gone to the traffic lights at the white Horse for example. As I said earlier, a little inconvenience for a short time. Tempest Road/Rumworth Road was only closed off a week ago so not that big a problem. The job is a short term project carrying out much needed work and was known about well in advance. Planning is the key for the workmen and us. It has been done this way to save money from our rates - unusually the Council seem to be using a brain with this. Guess you can't please all the people all of the time! Yes I could have gone to the white horse then along the A6 and onto Chequerbent roundabout and then even further down Wigan road which is a nightmare in the mornings at the best of times and a much longer journey than going up Lock Lane. annapoppysox
  • Score: -9

9:51pm Mon 14 Apr 14

lv8151 says...

well done the residents for taking it in your stride .... a lot of people are to quick to start moaning about the slightest disruption
well done the residents for taking it in your stride .... a lot of people are to quick to start moaning about the slightest disruption lv8151
  • Score: 11

1:02am Tue 15 Apr 14

Pegasus8 says...

The situation with road closures has had a significant impact on the use of Lock Lane with people driving like absolute lunatics at ridiculous speeds especially at rush hour 5 till 6 and at weekends endangering pedestrians, other road users and the horse riders and people who have to cross Lock Lane with their horses to access fields. I have witnessed some extremely courteous drivers and some of the rudest. I understand your plight but please consider others when using this lane before there is some serious accident!
The situation with road closures has had a significant impact on the use of Lock Lane with people driving like absolute lunatics at ridiculous speeds especially at rush hour 5 till 6 and at weekends endangering pedestrians, other road users and the horse riders and people who have to cross Lock Lane with their horses to access fields. I have witnessed some extremely courteous drivers and some of the rudest. I understand your plight but please consider others when using this lane before there is some serious accident! Pegasus8
  • Score: 1

10:56am Tue 15 Apr 14

boydell says...

annapoppysox wrote:
I have read the previous comments but I have been virtually cut off from where I live in Lostock. Junction Road West has been completely closed and the railway bridge was only on lights for a few days then completely closed. My only way into work in Bolton was to travel through Chew Moor up Lock Lane and then queue in traffic along an already congested Wigan Road. This has added ample travelling time and distance to my journey. Why both roads were closed at the same time is beyond be. Some residents were allowed access but not from where I live as the roads were completely shut off. I have a life and I will moan because I feel I have the right to along with many others who live on the same stretch as me.
Try living up behind the Beehive on match days and evenings. The residents there just accept it. At least your inconvenience is temporary.!!
[quote][p][bold]annapoppysox[/bold] wrote: I have read the previous comments but I have been virtually cut off from where I live in Lostock. Junction Road West has been completely closed and the railway bridge was only on lights for a few days then completely closed. My only way into work in Bolton was to travel through Chew Moor up Lock Lane and then queue in traffic along an already congested Wigan Road. This has added ample travelling time and distance to my journey. Why both roads were closed at the same time is beyond be. Some residents were allowed access but not from where I live as the roads were completely shut off. I have a life and I will moan because I feel I have the right to along with many others who live on the same stretch as me.[/p][/quote]Try living up behind the Beehive on match days and evenings. The residents there just accept it. At least your inconvenience is temporary.!! boydell
  • Score: 5

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