Permission to build the Broughton bypass has been renewed once again.Advertisement
The £23.7 million project was nodded through by county councillors, 12 years after it was first approved.
The road would link Junction 1 of the M55 to the A6 to the north of Broughton, reducing congestion in the north of the city.
An injection of cash from the CityDeal is expected to kick start the bypass plan.
County Councillor John Fillis, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “I’m glad the development control committee has renewed the planning consent for this vital scheme.
“We’re already carrying out work to improve congestion at Broughton and the bypass is a key element of the wider proposals to ensure our roads can cope with more traffic in the future. Congestion has been an issue in Broughton village for the last 40 years and, with more than 22,000 vehicles passing through on the A6 every day, we need a bypass now more than ever.
“Building a bypass would link the M55 roundabout south of Broughton with Whittingham Lane and the A6 north of Broughton crossroads, whilst avoiding the main part of the village.
“Construction of the full bypass would reduce traffic travelling through the centre of Broughton on Garstang Road by up to 90%.”
The bypass is one of a number of transport projects around Preston the county council included in its masterplan.
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Councillor Peter Rankin, leader of Preston City Council, added: “We welcome the renewal of the planning permission for the Broughton Bypass and look forward to working with Lancashire County Council and local communities to bring forward the best possible scheme for the area.”
Another scheme aimed at easing congestion in the north of the city is work on the Broughton roundabout, due to be completed just before Christmas.
The county council now have five-years to build the road.
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