Traffic is set to be disrupted for up to TWO WEEKS after a major road was closed off for upgrades.
Diversions have been put in place along Bolton Avenue and Burnley Road and HGV vehicles are being instructed to use Queens Road West and Whalley Road.
A spokesman for Network Rail said the work will last until Saturday, December 13 and added the station remains 'fully accessible and open to passengers'.
He said: “The road closure is necessary as we replace the existing level crossing with more modern and reliable equipment.
“As part of the upgrade, the signal box is no longer required, as the crossing will be controlled and monitored from Preston, and will be demolished in the New Year.
“Work to complete the level crossing continues and the road will reopen to the public by December 13.”
Ward councillor Dave Parkins said he had sympathy for commuters but said the works were necessary.
He said: “It just goes to show how popular that road is for people getting to Whinney Hill and the motorway.
“You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs and it is necessary work.
“We were told about this work earlier in the year and hopefully it can be finished before December 13.”