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Chain House Lane roadworks end as City Deal reaches first step

Posted on - 9th December, 2014 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Penwortham, Preston News, Roads, Transport
Roadworks have been taking place on the A582 since May

Roadworks have been taking place on the A582 since May

Major roadworks at Chain House Lane in Penwortham have come to an end.

The A582 is the first step in a major £430 million project across Preston and South Ribble aimed at easing congestion.

John Fillis, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “This is an important landmark in the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal project.

“The improvements to Chain House Lane are the first part of the scheme to be completed and are a sign to everyone of how quickly progress is being made.

“With plans to create so many extra jobs and new homes, it’s important we increase capacity on the roads and transport network. Although we’re looking to improve the roads for the future, people will see immediate benefits of the new junction leading to shorter journey times, less congestion and improved safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

“The A582 is one of four major highway schemes that form the backbone of City Deal. By improving the A582 at Chain House Lane, and at other junctions and sections of this road, we will reduce congestion and make it much easier for people to get around.”

More than £8 million is being ploughed into the A582 as the county council want to increase the use of the route into Preston – taking pressure off the A6 through Walton le Dale.

Chain House Lane junction has seen the road widened and a new traffic light system.

Councillor Margaret Smith, leader of South Ribble Borough Council, said: “I welcome the completion of this stage of the improvements, and look forward to it making a real difference around the junction.

“South Ribble already enjoys the best job creation rates in the north west, and this investment in infrastructure will enable us to continue to support growth and innovation, which in turn will bring forward improvements in our towns and villages.”

Roadworks and overnight closures continue on Golden Way in Penwortham until Thursday 11 December.

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