Gridlock city: Why has Preston’s peak-time traffic become so much worse recently?

Posted on - 28th October, 2014 - 6:28pm | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Fulwood, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Roads, Transport
Strand Road was bumper to bumper "as usual" according to Blog Preston readers

Strand Road was bumper to bumper “as usual” according to Blog Preston readers

Preston motorists have faced gridlock once more on the roads both in and outside the city.


Congestion has seen cars backed up on routes through the city centre and the Fulwood and Broughton interchange with the M6 and M55 has been particularly bad.

In what seems like the space of a week and a half the normal rush hour seems to have been extended by an hour each way as motorists struggle to make their commutes.

Many frustrated drivers have been taking to Blog Preston’s Facebook page to complain, as we’ve been monitoring the situation on the M6 in particular.

A widening scheme of roadworks is in place at Junction 32 of the M6 and Junction 1 of the M55, but these roadworks – due to be completed in November – have been in place for months.

Tuesday evening once again saw huge queues down Strand Road in particular and on Ringway in the city centre.

One sat nav view from a reader, who says this has become normal

One sat nav view from a reader, who says this has become normal

Many motorists are blaming the new layout on Fishergate as it meets the Butler Street exit from the railway station for tailbacks.

Gill Diaj said: “It’s about time all the problems with Preston’s roads get sorted out. You cannot go anywhere without getting stuck.”

David Brunton said: “1hr10 on Friday, 50 mins just now for a 5.5 mile commute. Deepdale Road is just a car park, the new(ish) lights by Grasshoppers have invented a traffic jam where there wasn’t one previously. The city is choking itself.”

Stuart Dagger says the roadworks on Golden Way and the A582 are causing long delays.

He said: “Getting too and from South Ribble is a bloody nightmare with all these roadworks, why is LCC so pathetic when it comes to making these decisions?”

The railway station exit roadworks are due to be completed by Friday.

Blog Preston has asked questions of the Highways Agency and Lancashire County Council but we’ve yet to receive a response.

In the meantime, it appears even though it is half-term and traffic is normally lighter, Preston’s own Carmageddon is here to stay.

We have a map showing the pinchpoints on Preston’s road network where the roadworks are causing issues.

Have you found the traffic worse than usual in recent weeks? How has your commute changed? Let us know in the comments below

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