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Trees to be uprooted in Lightfoot Lane ahead of roadworks

Posted on - 1st October, 2017 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Fulwood, Greyfriars, Preston News, Roads, Transport
Work is due to take place during off-peak times Pic: Google
Work is due to take place during off-peak times Pic: Google

Households in Fulwood are bracing themselves for more roadworks and disruption.

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Drivers are being warned of work being undertaken to remove a number of trees from Lightfoot Lane from Monday (2 October).

Removal of the trees, taking place near the roundabout with Tom Benson Way, is needed for access to a new housing development by David Wilson Homes.

Work is due to begin on in January on construction a new road and roundabout into the development which will take around nine months to complete.

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Project manager for the City Deal team Phill Wilson said: “The removal of these trees is a part of preparations for this work next year. We’re carrying it out at this time as it is outside the bird nesting season and to prevent protected species such as amphibians from hibernating in the undergrowth and tree roots.

“Lightfoot Lane is a busy road and we know that people have been affected by recent work in this area by private contractors. We’ll be carrying out this tree work during off peak times, to reduce the impact on people’s journeys.

“This new junction will also assist with the future development of the proposed East-West Link Road, a new road that would connect to the proposed Preston Western Distributor.

“The Preston Western Distributor is one of City Deal’s key new roads. It will help people to access new homes developments, reduce congestion and create additional capacity in this part of the road network.”

Old Lightfoot Lane is due to be closed off during the works Pic: Google
Old Lightfoot Lane is due to be closed off during the works Pic: Google

When the road is built the county council is proposing to ban people using a short stretch of old Lightfoot Lane from its junction with Tom Benson Way for nine months, sending them on close to a mile’s diversion to get round instead.

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