St Peter's Street and Darwen Street traffic scheme

The recently adopted Blackburn Town Centre supplementary planning document (SPD) identified Wainwright Way and the immediately surrounding area, as one of six key investment areas for the town centre. To help stimulate new investment, as well as support existing businesses within the area to prosper, Blackburn with Darwen Council is planning changes to the highway network, in order to facilitate improved accessibility to the area.

Works to replace signal heads and install a new controller at St Peters Street and Mincing Lane have already been completed and amendments to road markings and signage will begin from week commencing 5th November 2018. It is anticipated that the scheme will go live on Sunday 2nd December 2018. Details of the proposed changes can be found overleaf.

Give Ways will be established at Darwen Street and Freckleton Street, allowing for St Peters Street to be amended from a One Way to a Two Way traffic system. This will allow traffic to gain access via Freckleton Street, directly to Darwen Street.

The existing right turn from Wainwright Way into King Street will be removed and prohibited. Access to King Street from other directions will remain in place.
Amendments to parking provision will also take place, with the introduction of a Town Centre Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ)

Parking, waiting or loading may only take place in bays marked and signed for such purposes. As the zone is a general prohibition on waiting and loading, drivers need to be aware that yellow lines and kerbside markings are not provided. Yellow repeater signs are however provided at regular intervals.


Load or unloading must be done in a reasonably continuous activity, with a reasonable allowance for any paperwork handling or similar associated administration related to the goods being loading, and in any case only for a maximum of 20 minutes. The exceptions to the loading restriction are:

  • Delivery and collection of newspapers, post, parcels, cash containers and the like, by couriers and universal carriers;
  • Delivery and collection of materials, goods and supplies to premises serving food, public houses, cafes and similar businesses;
  • Vehicles involved in shop fitting, delivery and collection of furniture, shop or office equipment, building and renovation works, window cleaning and the like;
  • Collection or delivery by businesses or their customers of fragile or large or heavy or bulky items, such as furniture, carpets or flooring, goods requiring delicate handling or similar such items.
  • Motorcycles, where these can be parked off the carriageway without obstructing the footway (i.e there is at least 2 metres of clear space around the motorcycle(s) to allow pedestrians to freely pass)

Blue Badge Holders are NOT exempt and must park ONLY in marked bays, except those bays set aside for loading by goods vehicles.

Should you have any further questions or concerns regards any aspects of the scheme, please contact us at

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