One of Preston’s key routes in and out of the city is due to have £1 million invested in cleaning it up.Advertisement
New Hall Lane could also see new speed restrictions put in force as part of a major plan to smarten up the bottleneck road.
Consultation begins on the council-led plans for the area on Monday 16 March.
Part of Fishwick and St Matthews the road falls under the new neighbourhood plan voted for by local residents in a referendum in February.
Preston City Council says it will start the consultation on the £1 million plan with the Friends of Fishwick and St Matthews group the 16th.
New Hall Lane could see:
– New crossings along the road and at its major junctions
– Increasing parking for shoppers and residents
– Focusing the £1 million on the area between Acregate Lane and Skeffington Road
– Planting more trees down New Hall Lane
– New street lighting
– Lowering traffic speeds on the section of road between Acregate Lane and Skeffington Road
– Changes to the junctions of New Hall Lane with Blackpool Road and London Road
The map below shows the area due to see investment, if you’re on our app click here to view.
A statement in the city council’s plan for the area states: “The initial Ideas in the plans include making more room for pedestrians, providing better, safer crossing facilities on New Hall Lane and at junctions, improving the quality of footways and increasing parking for shoppers and residents.
“The extent of this scheme is essentially for the area between Acregate Lane and Skeffington Road. This area is identified as the local centre in the Local Plan and the Inner East Preston Neighbourhood Plan.”
Detailed plans are to be presented to the Friends group and also to be available at the Town Hall and West View Leisure Centre until the end of March.
If the plans go ahead and funding is secured from the City Deal – a £434 million investment in Preston and South Ribble’s infrastructure – work could start in early 2016.
Nine months of works would take place and be completed by early 2017.
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