Busway works turn Tyldesley roads into 'farm track'

Leigh Journal: Debbie Smith is unimpressed with the muddy roads Debbie Smith is unimpressed with the muddy roads

ROADS and pavements have been turned into a ‘farm track’ by construction work, according to a Tyldesley resident.

Work on the Leigh to Ellenbrook Guided Busway at Higher Folds is causing mud to cascade down the hill on to Astley Street and Prince’s Avenue.

Debbie Smith, who lives on School Street, has complained to Balfour Beatty, the company carrying out the work, about the state of the streets surrounding the site.

She said: “Due to all the rainfall and the large transporter equipment, the pavements and roads now resemble a farm track.

“When it rains the mud from the construction site runs down on to the footpath then carries on running down past the rugby club, this is not acceptable for people to walk through.

“Last week, I witnessed a child slip and fall. They were very distressed and covered in mud.

“When transporter vehicles enter and leave the site via the entrance and the rugby club, large clumps of mud is then carried for a considerable distance down from Astley Street to Prince’s Avenue.

“This then in turn is further spread by cars travelling up and down the road and again is a danger as it becomes a skid issue.

“This is an unacceptable mess and nobody should be forced to walk or drive through it.”

Debbie has asked Balfour Beatty to clean up the mess.

A spokesman for the company told the Journal: “We are aware of the issue regarding mud flowing on to Prince’s Avenue and Astley Street in Tyldesley as a result of our works on the Leigh to Ellenbrook Guided Busway.

“We have implemented an enhanced daily cleaning regime of the street and will continue to monitor to ensure that the impact of any future activities are minimised.”


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