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New speed limit for Broughton planned from April

Posted on - 13th October, 2017 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Preston News, Redevelopment, Roads, Transport
The 20mph zone will run through the centre of Broughton Pic: Paul Melling
The 20mph zone will run through the centre of Broughton Pic: Paul Melling

Bringing in 20mph speed limits to Broughton has been approved.

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With the opening of James Towers Way – the long-awaited bypass cutting out the A6 bottleneck at Broughton crossroads – a raft of new traffic measures for the village have been approved.

Lancashire County Council is bringing in 20mph speed limits at the crossroads, a weight limit forcing HGVs onto the new bypass and new bus lanes.

Cabinet member for highways and transport county councillor Keith Iddon said: “This is a wide-ranging package of measures that will benefit local people in Broughton, such as cyclists, pedestrians and public transport users. It’s a significant investment in the village, as part of the planning permission for the new road.

“The number of vehicles coming through the village itself will drop considerably now that the new road has opened. Local people have put up with a lot of traffic and congestion over the years, so it’s important that we now put measures in place to deter people from travelling through the village itself.

“The new 20mph limit and weight restriction will make this a less attractive route for through traffic and it should deter HGVs. This will help to reduce pollution and congestion, and improve safety for local people.”

Work on introducing the traffic measures below is due to begin from April 2018.

One of the first cars on the new road at Broughton Pic: LancsCityDeal
One of the first cars on the new road at Broughton Pic: LancsCityDeal

The 7.5 tonne weight limit will run on Garstang Road through Broughton village, public service vehicles such as buses are unaffected.

Part of Garstang Road is being narrowed to create a new cycle track on its western side, replacing the current eastside cycle track, and will become part of the Guild Wheel.

A pedestrian crossing to the south of Church Lane is being upgraded for pedestrian and cycle use.

Buses will get a dedicated lane introduced near D’urton Lane for buses travelling through Broughton towards Preston. Right-turns for motorists travelling south will be restricted.

Read more: Garstang Road shut through Broughton for roadworks

The 20mph speed slimit will run through the centre of the village on Garstang Road, on Whittingham Lane from the crossroads to Willow Treet Avenue and in Woodplumpton Lane up to Kingsway Avenue.

Funding for the changes to the roads in Broughton comes the City Deal, a £434million investment in roads and new housing in Preston and South Ribble.

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