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New Guild Wheel crossing put in place in Broughton

Posted on - 12th September, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Preston News, Roads, Transport
How the new Broughton crossing looks
How the new Broughton crossing looks

Cyclists and walkers on the Guild Wheel are being told they can enjoy a safer crossing in Broughton.

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Garstang Road, near Church Lane, has seen a new raised junction put in.

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It’s part of the ongoing roadworks in Broughton as Lancashire County Council says it is improving the road layout of the village following the opening of the bypass – James Towers way – in Autumn last year.

The county council say the new junction gives more space for pedestrians and cyclists.

Cabinet member for highways and transport county councillor Keith Iddon said: “This new crossing, the first of its kind in Lancashire, provides more space for people when they cross the road. It will make it easier and safer for the many cyclists who use the Guild Wheel each and every day.

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“Our ongoing improvements will make the centre of the village nicer, as well as adding wider pavements, new cycleways, tree planting and much more.”

Read more: Part of the Guild Wheel has been named after Ben Ashworth

Funding for the work has come from the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal – a £434million investment in new roads and housing in the city and surrounding area.

Leader of Preston City Council, which manages the Guild Wheel, councillor Matthew Brown said: “The crossing is another important piece of the improvement work to Broughton village, and I’m sure local residents welcome the enhanced safety measures put into place.

“Continued investment in Lancashire’s infrastructure as part of City Deal is being realised in projects such as this across the county.”

Read more: Mapped – this is the Guild Wheel route

The Broughton roadworks have seen a five-week closure of a section of Garstang Road and further closures are planned.

Do you use the Guild Wheel? What do you think about the new crossing? Let us know in the comments below

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