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Major new Preston roads take next step on road to approval

Posted on - 12th June, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Cottam, Fulwood, Greyfriars, Ingol, Lea, News, Politics, Roads, Tanterton, Transport, Woodplumpton
An overhead view of where the Western Distributor is to go
An overhead view of where the Western Distributor is to go

The next step in two major new roads for Preston looks set to be taken.

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Preston’s Western Distributor and the city’s East-West link road are earmarked for approval by Preston City Council’s councillors.

Both routes are part of the City Deal – a £430million investment in new roads and homes in the North West of the city.

The city council wants a Garden City built in the Cottam area, which the new routes would connect into.

A new junction would be created on the M55 at Bartle Hall down to a new roundabout on the A583 linking into Preston Docks and Blackpool Road.

Read more: Work on the Preston Western Distributor due to begin in 2018

The East-West Link Road would join from Lightfoot Lane into a new roundabout near Bartle Hall.

A smaller link road into Cottam is also included in the road layout for the west of the city.

Click to see full-size map showing the route of the Western Distributor
Click to see full-size map showing the route of the Western Distributor

The Preston Western Distributor would also need to cross the Lancaster Canal in a new bridge.

Proposals for the routes have drawn no objections from nearby residents.

Read more: Watch route the Western Distributor is due to take

Cottam Village Action Group has raised concerns regarding the speed limit on the Preston Western Distributor being 70mph.

Planning officers have recommended the new roads for approval stating: “The principle of the proposal carries the support of the Adopted Local Plan and would deliver necessary transport infrastructure to facilitate the growth aspirations contained within the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal.”

Plans are due to be heard at the city council’s planning committee on Thursdy 15 June from 2.30pm – although the committee is expected to stretch to two days due to the volume of applications to be heard.

The final decision on the new roads will be made by Lancashire County Council at its development control committee.

It is understood the plans will be heard at the July meeting.

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