An injection of £434 million into Preston and the surrounding area has passed the one year mark.Advertisement
The City Deal was formally announced last September and the spades in the ground have already begun in earnest.
Edwin Booth, Chairman of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, said: “The City Deal is a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a catalyst for major economic growth, enabling Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire to fulfil their huge economic potential. We are seizing that opportunity with both hands.
“Through the City Deal we are transforming the infrastructure of Preston and South Ribble. The work will reduce congestion and improve links with the whole region.
“It is just a year since the signing but we have already made real progress, with work now underway on the ground. As well as creating economic growth, the City Deal will make the area a better place to live and visit, creating new opportunities and improved community facilities for local people.
“And this is just the beginning. We are building the foundations for sustainable economic growth that will power the local economy for many years to come.”
Here’s a run down in the major infrastructure projects planned to create 20,000 new jobs in the area and trigger £1 billion in economic growth in Preston and South Ribble during the next decade – according to the politians.
South Ribble roadworks
If you’ve been trying to get to Penwortham from off the motorways you won’t have missed the work on the A582.
Costing £52 million the key route into Preston will see extra lanes added and improved junction, most sections will become dual carriageway.
Preston Western Distributor
A £110 million link road, running for 4km, will link the M55 to Preston Docklands. It’s needed to allow a huge swathe of housing in the North West of the city. A public consultation has been completed.
Consultation has also been completed on an East-West Link Road crossing into Fulwood and a Cottam Link Road.
A public consultation is ongoing for the road, aimed at reducing traffic through the centre of Penwortham.
Legal orders have been issued to allow Lancashire County Council to start buying up the land needed for the £24 million road, which will skirt the village of Broughton. Construction is due to begin in 2015.
New homes are part of the City Deal promise, a number of schemes have been kick-started since the deal was announced.
Cottam Hall has seen work start on 100 new homes, and a second phase of 300 homes is due to start next year.
At the former Whittingham Mental Hospital the first phase of 150 new homes is due for approval.
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