How motorists are going to be encouraged to use the new Penwortham Bypass has been revealed.Advertisement
Lancashire County Council is consulting on a number of proposals for Liverpool Road through Penwortham.
The current A59 takes the bulk of the traffic coming in from Southport and Merseyside.
With the bypass due to open between the A59 and the A582, the county council wants to downgrade Liverpool Road to a B-road through Penwortham.
A 20mph speed limit would be in force and adjusted traffic light times would extend the journey times from Howick along the road.
The entry slip road onto the A59 Guild Way crossing would also be shut off stopping motorists going down Penwortham Hill and heading into Preston.
The Cop Lane junction would also see major work.
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Project manager for the City Deal, Phill Wilson, said: “The new bypass will affect traffic movements on surrounding roads, and we are considering a number of changes to roads and junctions to take account of this.
“The changes we are looking at are designed to ensure the bypass becomes the primary route for journeys through the area, and take the opportunity to improve conditions on roads which will become quieter, such as by reducing the speed limit on Liverpool Road.
“We are planning to take these proposals forward as the bypass opens, and will carry out consultation on any proposed changes to traffic regulations.
“The bypass is a £17.5m City Deal scheme to reduce congestion through Penwortham, encourage more walking and cycling, and prioritise buses along the A59.”
The new bypass is due to be completed in early 2020.
Any changes to the roads would see the county council having to legally consult as traffic regulations would be changed.
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