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Four events for Prestonians to see new M55 link road plan

Posted on - 1st June, 2014 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Cottam, Fulwood, Ingol, Lea, Preston News, Roads, Tanterton, Transport, Woodplumpton
Route of the proposed link road © Crown copyright. Lancashire County Council. Licence No. 100023320 2004

Route of the proposed link road © Crown copyright. Lancashire County Council. Licence No. 100023320 2004

Consultation on a proposed link road between the M55 and the west of Preston has begun.

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Four events are being held in Lea, Ingol, Fulwood and Ashton for local residents to find out about the new road.

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The route preferred by Lancashire County Council was released in Mid-May and shows the Preston Western Distributor cutting through farmland.

A new junction on the M55 is proposed as part of the route and connections to a new East-West Preston link road which loops to join Lightfoot Lane.

More than 5,500 homes are expected to be built in the North and North West of Preston as part of a huge expansion of the city to meet Central Lancashire’s growing population.

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The public exhibitions take place from 10am to 8pm on the following days at:

Monday 2 June: Exhibition bus parked at the Smiths Arms, Lea Lane, Lea Town

Thursday 5 June: An exhibition bus will be parked at the Parish Church of St Margaret’s, Tag Lane, Ingol

Wednesday 11 June: Preston Grasshoppers, Lightfoot Green Lane, Fulwood

Thursday 12 June: Ashton and Lea Golf Club, Tudor Avenue, Lea

County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport for Lancashire County Council, said: “We’d like to use this consultation as an opportunity to explain how we’ve come up with the preferred route for these roads, and to give people the chance to tell us what they think. This is very much a partnership project, we believe that the public are a major part of the partnership, and look forward to working with them.

“Agreeing a preferred route is a very early step in the process of planning the road and there will be further formal consultation as we progress towards a planning application.

“Our transport masterplan for central Lancashire recognised that the existing transport network serving Preston and the wider area is becoming increasingly congested, and that as well as making it easier for people to walk, cycle and use public transport, a number of new roads will be needed to keep the county moving.”

The road is expected to cost around £105 million and be 4km long, it is funded by the City Deal.

Residents can give their feedback via the county council website.

The consultation runs until Sunday 13 July.

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