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Roadworks and lane closures blamed for Preston rush-hour gridlock

Posted on - 12th December, 2017 - 7:13pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston News, Roads, Transport
Winckley Square saw long queues as traffic struggled to escape the city centre Pic: Arj Naik
Winckley Square saw long queues as traffic struggled to escape the city centre Pic: Arj Naik

Preston crawled to a grinding halt during Tuesday’s rush hour.

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Traffic in the city is regularly bad during the 5pm getaway but drivers 15-20minute journey times taking up to two hours instead.

A lane closure in London Road and roadworks at the Plungington Road and Blackpool Road junction were highlighted by many drivers as being a cause for the delays.

JudgeTouk tweeted: “Ringway is gridlocked as well. One hour 40 minutes to get from Penwortham to Deepdale. Fun times.”

Read more: Latest change to Fishergate involves a give-way junction

RachIsAGeek said the roadworks at Plungington and Blackpool Road with multiple traffic lights were a source of frustration.

Electricity North West is carrying out work to repair a mains cable and the works are due to continue until Friday (15 December)

Handsome Yeti tweeted that in the east of the city the traffic was also bad, with his wife reportedly stuck on a bus for more than an hour.

Read more: Frustrated drivers calling 999 about Preston’s congestion

In London Road a number of motorists reported seeing a lane closure heading southbound out of the city – towards the Capitol Centre – but no sign of any roadworks. There are no roadworks listed on the county council website as taking place currently in London Road.

Blog Preston will approach Lancashire County Council in the morning for any further explanation or reason for the delays.

What was your journey like on Tuesday? Feel free to let us know in the comments below

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