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Preston Western Distributor work due to begin in 2018

Posted on - 7th February, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Cottam, Fulwood, Preston News, Roads, Transport
An overhead view of where the Western Distributor is to go
An overhead view of where the Western Distributor is to go

Construction on a major new road on the western edge of Preston is due to begin in 2018.

Lancashire County Council is awaiting planning permission for the multi-million pound Western Distributor.

Running from a new junction on the M55 and down to Preston Docks it’s aimed at easing pressure on the road network.

The 2.6 mile road is to link in with the East-West Link road for a swathe of new housing developments in the North West of the city.

Read more: How the Broughton Bypass is progressing

At the time of lodging the plans cabinet member for highways and transport county councillor John Fillis said: “This is another major step for this scheme to deliver a new road to this area, providing additional capacity to the network, helping people to get around and supporting new economic growth in the area.

“A new motorway junction will improve travel times for people coming to and from the city, while also relieving congestion on other parts of the road network. Through City Deal we’re unlocking the potential of the area, bringing new jobs and new homes for people.”

Click to see full-size map showing the route of the Western Distributor
Map showing the route of the Western Distributor

But the county council is still awaiting final planning permission after eight months.

Read more: Watch route the Western Distributor is due to take

Director of programmes and project manager for the county council Sue Procter said: “Work is currently programmed to start on the Preston Western Distributor next year, subject to planning permission being granted. The planning application has been submitted and we are awaiting the decision.”

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