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Broughton Bypass completion delayed until 2018

Posted on - 21st June, 2017 - 11:04am | Author - | Posted in - Roads, Transport
A section of the new bypass - with tarmac!
A section of the new bypass – with tarmac!

The estimated completion date of the new Broughton Bypass has now been delayed until early 2018.

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Running from before the Broughton crossroads round to D’urton Lane the road is aimed to relieve congestion on the A6.

The road was originally scheduled to be finished in spring 2017. The most recent estimated completion date was August 2017.

The delay has been put down to circumstances which have affected the timetable and increased the cost to an estimated £32m.

County Councillor Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We share people’s frustrations at these delays and apologise for the disruption it has been causing to people’s homes, businesses and journeys.

“We’re clearly disappointed that there has been a further delay to this scheme, and look forward to seeing the final stages completed.

Work continues on the Broughton Bypass
Work continues on the Broughton Bypass

“We’re working with the contractors, Hochtief, to do everything that we can to minimise the inconvenience while this major build takes place.

“It’s a big challenge to construct a major road such as the bypass, with the A6 carrying a lot of traffic and few options for alternative routes, which would allow us to close roads for longer as part of the work.

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“It’s been many decades since this road was first considered and the reality is that despite the delays, in a few months we will have a new bypass which will bring much-needed congestion relief to the village itself and the wider area.

“Great progress has already been made and a lot of construction work has been done which people may not be able to see from the road.”

Some overnight closures will still be required close to the M55/A6 junction, to connect the new road to the current network.

Traffic management is not anticipated at the new A6 roundabout and the Whittingham Lane roundabout, and will be carried out off-peak, if required.

Reasons cited by Lancashire County Council for the change of date include:

  • A delay caused by a utility contractor being unable to carry out work on the site as planned
  • The rebuilding of an embankment which collapsed due to extremely wet ground conditions
  • Redesigned drainage to accommodate underground equipment
  • More challenging ground conditions than expected

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