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First drivers to use Broughton Bypass from Monday

Posted on - 16th July, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Fulwood, News, Roads, Transport
Broughton Bypass work continues
Broughton Bypass work continues

Part of a new bypass in Preston is to be driven on for the first time during Monday.

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Due to roadworks at the M55 junction with the A6 traffic is being diverted onto the bypass itself.

Anyone driving from 9am on Monday (17 July) on the A6 southbound towards junction one of the M55 – they will go onto the new bypass.

Drivers go from the A6, towards the new roundabout on the bypass, before turning back towards the M55 roundabout.

The single-lane diversion is in place until around 2pm on Wednesday (19 July). As it approaches the roundabout two lanes will be used.

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The bypass is still under construction – and not due to open until early 2018 – a delay of more than four months as it was due to open in August this year.

Project manager for Lancashire County Council Graeme Leathard said: “The diversion is required to carry out necessary work on the existing A6, ahead of the overnight closures from 24 July.

“We know that this work will cause some disruption to people’s journeys, but hope that people will appreciate that this is a major project and we’re doing what we can to minimise this disruption.”

Helms Pass underpass on the Bypass
Helms Pass underpass on the Bypass

As part of work to connect the new bypass to the existing network, a section of the A6 will be closed overnight from Monday 24 July until Friday 28 July, between junction one of the M55 to Church Lane.The road will be closed in both directions between 9pm and 5am, on a daily basis, to carry out work at the M55 junction.

Graeme Leathard added: “The overnight closures are part of the latest stage of work on the new road, and include installing streetlights, re-surfacing parts of the existing A6 and associated work on the bypass. This is another stage in the work to complete this important road, which will significantly reduce congestion once it opens.”

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A signed diversionary route will be in operation during the closures, via the A6 Garstang Road, Eastway, Lightfoot Lane, Tom Benson Way, Tag Lane, Tabley Lane, Woodplumpton Road, Newsham Hall Lane and Woodplumpton Lane.

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