Construction work on the Broughton Bypass is due to begin before Christmas.Advertisement
Lancashire County Council has appointed contractors HOCHTIEF to undertake work on the 1km long relief road.
The road, which will cut through farmland on the outskirts of Broughton, is due to relieve pressure on the crossroads in the village where the A6 is crossed by Whittingham Road.
Jennifer Mein, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “This is an important step in the construction of this bypass that will help to improve travel times along the A6, while cutting congestion and pollution in the centre of Broughton.
“The plans are now moving at pace, with the road scheduled to open in spring 2017. The county council is currently working with the contractor to develop a detailed schedule for the work, which will be shared with the local community and other people who use of this crucial stretch of the transport network.”
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HOCHTIEF are on site and beginning to set up a compound to work from.
Sally Cox, Managing Director, from HOCHTIEF (UK) Construction Limited said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the A6 Broughton Bypass project. Our team is eager to get started and make the delivery of this scheme a complete success for the community in Broughton.”
Clearance road has to take place before Christmas to ensure no nesting wildlife is disturbed.
An estimated £1 million is also due to be spent in and around Broughton on road layouts and cycleways as part of the new relief road.
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Councillor Peter Rankin, leader of Preston City Council, said: “This is a vital step forward for Preston. We’re talking huge investment in local infrastructure that will improve travel times as well as overall air quality.
“Yet, this is just the beginning as the Broughton Bypass will also help to unlock investment in new homes, communities and businesses. Creating jobs, bringing wealth and improving overall quality of life. That’s what the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal is all about. Unlocking the area’s true potential and building a lasting legacy for future generations.”
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