Commuters coming into Preston from the south have been given some good news as a major step in the roadworks at a busy roundabout have been completed.Advertisement
Lancashire County Council is expanding the Flensburg Way roundabout on the A582 to have extra lanes and have new traffic lights.
Known locally as the Tank roundabout the county council said the works have now been finished on time.
Cabinet member for highways and transport county councillor John Fillis said: “This work on the roundabout will improve the flow of traffic, and the new crossing facilities and cycleway will make it safer and easier to use for cyclists and pedestrians.
“This is the latest stage of work to improve the junctions on the A582, in readiness for the road being widened to a dual-carriageway, as part of the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal. The aim is to reduce delays on this route, which is key for traffic travelling in and out of Preston, and across South Ribble.
“The Centurion Tank remains beside the roundabout, albeit in a new spot to accommodate the new layout, acting as a useful landmark for motorists.
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The work on the roundabout includes a new entrance to what is due to be housing developments to the west of Croston Road and north of Banister Lane.
Funding for the works on the A582 – which is due to be dual carriageway from the M65 junction most of the way through to Preston city centre is coming from the city Deal, a £430m investment in Preston and South Ribble’s roads and housing.
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Leader of South Ribble Borough Council councillor Peter Mullineaux said: “City Deal is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform our borough – creating thousands of new jobs and homes while increasing the local economy in Central Lancashire by a staggering £1bn.
“What South Ribble Borough Council is determined to do is get it right. We want to make sure we have the right infrastructure in place to help support our growing communities while transforming our towns and villages for the better with exciting regeneration schemes, including the £3.5m project in Bamber Bridge which is now underway.
“The completion of these works is an important milestone in delivering highway improvements that will ensure we can fully reap the rewards of the City Deal and push forward with schemes which will benefit generations to come.”
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