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Cowhill Lane in July 2001.

What was once a track down to Cowhill Farm has now been severed with the introduction of the M65 motorway. The motorway is only 30 yards away from the end of the former farm track.

At the moment I have no old photos of the Lane but this one was taken in July 2001. The trees in the background are along the edge of the motorway.

The is almost the last road in Rishton. In front of the photo is Blackburn road on its way to Whitebirk on the right, and Rishton town centre to the left.

On Saturday 26 April 1997, the M65 between junction six at Whitebirk and seven at Clayton-le-Moors was closed from 9pm on Wednesday, April 30th, until 5am the following day. The closure was to allow a redundant farm access bridge across the carriageway to be demolished. This was the former Cowhill Lane, which was moved to a new location. A replacement bridge is already in place as part of work to connect the existing motorway to the new section under construction. A signed diversion route went through Rishton, via the A678 and Dunkenhalgh Way.

References

Lancashire Evening Telegraph 26th April 1997.