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New road opening to cut BAE Samlesbury congestion

Posted on - 5th August, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Grimsargh, Preston News, Roads, Transport
A view of the Samlesbury enterprise zone which the road will link up to
A view of the Samlesbury enterprise zone which the road will link up to

Drivers near BAE Systems in Samlesbury may find rush hour is a little calmer with the opening of a new road.

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Sir Frederick Page Way is a new 1.25mile road connecting the A677 (Preston New Road) and the A59 (Myerscough Smithy Road).

Located near the turn for Samlesbury Hall it will have a clearway status, meaning you cannot stop or park on the road at anytime.

Lancashire County Council say the road will relieve pressure on Branch Road, which allows drivers to get from the A677 to the A59 via Mellor Brook without needing to go all the way to the Samlesbury Hotel turn.

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The new road will have a speed limit of 30mph and will allow access to the Samlesbury Aerospace Enterprise Zone and the BAE site.

It will open to traffic from 12noon on Monday (6 August).

The route for the new road at Samlesbury Pic: Google
The route for the new road at Samlesbury Pic: Google

Further investment is expected around the Samlesbury site as it is one of four enterprise zones in Lancashire.

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Why is it called Sir Frederick Page Way?

It is named after Frederick Page who died in 2005 at the age of 88.

He was chairman of the aircraft division of British Aerospace and was one of Britain’s most distinguished aeronautical engineers.

Sir Frederick played a key role in the design and development of military aircraft such as the Lightning, Jaguar, Tornado and Eurofighter.

He started his aerospace career in 1945 when he joined the aircraft division of English Electric at Preston.

Do you work at the BAE site at Samlesbury? What do you think about the new road? Let us know in the comments below

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