Council planning upgrade of key Preston commuting route to cut congestion

Posted on - 28th May, 2012 - 8:30am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston News, Roads

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A key commuter route into Preston will see an upgrade worth millions over the next few years.

The A6 from its junction with the M65 near Cuerden heading north into Preston will be targeted by Lancashire County Council to ease congestion.

The County Council has won £5m of funding to boost economic growth along the key road and cut traffic jams, a pot of funding Preston will share with Lancaster.

View a map below showing the section of the A6 due to be upgraded

View A6 route – LCC funding in a larger map

Plans from the council outline how it will introduce traffic management and control systems, create safer cycling and walking routes and travel advisors to visit over 100 businesses to promote employees leaving their cars at home.

It is not known how much will be allocated to the Preston scheme.

County Councillor Tim Ashton, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Lancaster and Preston are home to some of our biggest employers, from manufacturers such as BAE Systems, to growing universities in both cities, and firms of all kinds based at business parks and in the city centres.

“One of the key limitations for future economic growth in these areas will be increased congestion on the major traffic routes.

“I’m very pleased the Department for Transport has recognised the potential for development in Lancaster and Preston and the need to act now to make sure these key cities remain open for business.

“Not only will this investment help to keep traffic moving, it will improve the environment by reducing pollution and help people to adopt healthier lifestyles by embracing alternatives to the car.”

What do you think of the idea to cut congestion? Do you drive this route? Let us know your views in the comments below

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