Roadworks throughout the centre of Broughton are expected to take around a year to complete.Advertisement
An overhaul of the Broughton crossroads and surrounding roads has long been planned once the Broughton Bypass – known as James Towers Way was finished in Autumn last year.
Lancashire County Council are starting the works in the village from Monday (23 July).
Wider footpaths, new cycle tracks, new grass verges and traffic calming measures are expected on the former A6 and Whittingham Lane.
Contractors NMS Civil Engineering Limited have been brought in to carry out the work.
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The county council is funding the work through the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal.
The work is expected to be complete by June 2019.
Since finishing the bypass last year the county council changed the priority of the village crossroads to have an east-west priority, instead of north-south, and villagers have reported numerous collisions at the junction.
Cabinet member for highways and transport county councillor Keith Iddon said: “This package of measures will significantly improve the centre of Broughton, making it a more welcoming place. It will also improve walking and cycling facilities, and add new measures to encourage better driving and reduce unnecessary journeys through the village.
“This work is part of the planning permission for James Towers Way, which has already made a huge difference in the centre of Broughton, where queues have come down and travel times have improved for many people. These improvements will bring even more positives for people in Broughton.
“The county council is aware of comments from residents about the crossroads and the failure of a small number of drivers to follow the new speed limits or the give-way requirement at the crossroads. This improvement work should help to stop these problems by reducing vehicle speeds and encouraging more people to use James Towers Way.”
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The map below from the county council shows exactly when and where the work takes place
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