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Penwortham Bypass plan is finally submitted

Posted on - 20th January, 2017 - 11:32am | Author - | Posted in - News, Penwortham, Roads, Transport

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The final route for the Penwortham Bypass has been confirmed as a planning application is submitted.

Running from the A59 Liverpool Road to the Broad Oak roundabout on the A582, near Booths, the road is aimed at cutting congestion through Penwortham.

Costing £17.5million the dual carriageway could reduce traffic by up to 70 per cent through Penwortham at peak times.

Cabinet member for highways and transport county councillor John Fillis said: “Penwortham’s well-known traffic congestion has been a significant problem at peak times for many years. This bypass will benefit people in Penwortham and the surrounding areas for generations to come.

“We’re also proposing a range of measures that will support the new bypass, such as improving cycle routes with new crossings, noise barriers which will help residents who live near the new road, and replacement playing fields for All Hallows Catholic High School, bringing added benefits for local people, along with the congestion-busting road.”

Part of the route of the Penwortham Bypass

Part of the route of the Penwortham Bypass

Read more: Watch where Penwortham Bypass is due to go

All cycle routes and footpaths directly connected to the scheme will have controlled crossing points. The Bypass plans had been due to be submitted by December last year but were held up over Christmas.

Leader of South Ribble Borough Council councillor Peter Mullineaux said: “The Penwortham Bypass has been talked about locally for more than 20 years, and it’s thanks to City Deal funding that we can now make our ideas a reality.

“The new road will not only significantly reduce congestion in Penwortham, but will benefit South Ribble residents as a whole as it will reduce traffic on other roads in the area, improving journey times. It will also pave the way for improvements that will encourage more walking and cycling.”

Read more: Pope Lane roundabout roadworks are resuming

Funding for the bypass comes from the £434m Preston and South Ribble City Deal, which funds new roads and housing across the city and surrounding area.

Do you live in the area? What do you think about the Bypass? Let us know in the comments below

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