Residents in Penwortham and Preston are being asked for their views about the long-mooted Penwortham bypass.Advertisement
Consultation on the route – proposed by Lancashire County Council – formally opens in September and October.
The road would link the A582 at Broad Oak roundabout and the A59 at Penwortham.
County Councillor John Fillis, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport said: “We have ambitions to grow central Lancashire’s economy over the next 10 years through the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal scheme, and with plans to attract new business, jobs and people to live in the area, we need a road network that will support our plans.
“The Penwortham bypass is an important part of this and the route we’re proposing will make it much quicker and easier for people to travel in and out of the area.
“The route will prevent any houses needing to be demolished, have less of an environmental impact, and will be a shorter stretch of road than the previous suggested route.
“It will also be cheaper to deliver and will be a more direct link to a potential future bridge over the River Ribble.
“We’re currently in discussion with All Hallows RC High School about looking to provide compensatory playing fields that would actually be nearer to the school than they currently are.
“It’s vital that residents, businesses and community representatives share their views and the consultation will be an opportunity to have your say about what we’re proposing.”
Funding for the bypass – expected to cost tens of millions of pounds, is financed by the City Deal scheme which is injecting £430 million into Preston and South Ribble.
Councillor Margaret Smith, leader of South Ribble Borough Council, said: “This proposed route would define the location of the potential new Ribble crossing. This would be an essential piece of a much bigger jigsaw, linking infrastructure projects in South Ribble to ones carried out in Preston under the City Deal. This will bring a huge boost, not only to South Ribble and Central Lancashire, but to the whole of the North West.
“Not only would our residents reap the rewards of shorter journey times, this along with other schemes will pave the way for investment in our town centres and open spaces, as well as other improved facilities for our residents and opportunities for businesses.”
Lancashire County Council say further details of when the consultation will run are to be released in the coming weeks.
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