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Bridge over the River Ribble: New transport masterplan outlines Preston priorities

Posted on - 22nd March, 2013 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - News, Roads, Transport

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A new bridge over the River Ribble, completion of the Penwortham bypass and sorting out the Broughton bottleneck are just some of the transport priorities for the county council.

Documents submitted to the transport chief show how a new bridge across the Ribble could be considered to ease traffic congestion in the West and South West of the city.

The map below shows the key schemes being planned by Lancashire County Council as it pump £275m into the regions transport links over the next 15 years.


View Central Lancashire transport masterplan in a larger map

Although a new traffic bridge across the Ribble has not been listed as a priority until at least 2026 the county council are still planning to start scoping out possible crossing points.

More concrete plans are the improvements to Junction 1 of the M55 and the Broughton roundabout. Following this the county council aims to complete the Broughton bypass by 2016 to stop congestion at the Broughton crossroads which has a knock-on effect on the roundabout junction between the A6 and the M55.

By 2019/2020 there is also the prospect of completion for the Penwortham bypass.

The favoured route for the Penwortham bypass would be between the Broad Oak roundabout and Howick Cross.

The plan states “a route joining the A59 at Howick Cross is preferred over the existing protected route”.

The money is expected to come from the City Deal bid which will unlock vital funding for infrastructure projects in and around the city.

The full masterplan proposal can be seen on the county council website.

What do you make of the proposals? Do you support the Broughton and Penwortham bypasses? Do you want to see a new bridge over the Ribble? Let us know in the comments below

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