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Liverpool Road is now fully open after final construction work is complete

Posted on - 19th December, 2019 - 5:08pm | Author - | Posted in - Penwortham, Preston News, Roads, Transport
Cllr William Evans from South Ribble Borough Council, Grace Shields and Laura Gillett from Penwortham Girls High School, County Cllr Keith Iddon
John Horrocks Way was named by Grace Shields and Laura Gillett from Penwortham Girls High School

Liverpool Road has fully reopened today after the final construction work for John Horrocks Way in Penwortham has been completed.

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A section of the road had been closed temporarily to allow constrtuction workers to put the finishing touches to John Horrocks Way, which opened earlier this month.

The aim of the new bypass is to reduce traffic along Liverpool Road through the centre of Penwortham, which has had congestion issues at peak times for many years.

People are able to once again travel between Penwortham and Hutton along Liverpool Road, and access John Horrocks Way from the Howick Moor Lane side.

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County Councillor Keith Iddon, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Following the opening of John Horrocks Way earlier this month, we introduced the temporary closure on Liverpool Road for the final junction work.

“We know that this was disruptive and led to increased traffic on some parts of the network. We’re sorry for the disruption caused to your journeys during this work.

“The temporary closure could only be carried out once the new bypass was open, otherwise it would have led to even bigger traffic issues on the network.

“The important thing for local people is that Liverpool Road is open once again, providing a route to and from Penwortham, and providing a new junction with John Horrocks Way.

“We’re pleased that our highways team have been able to deliver the work on the new road ahead of schedule, so that people can now benefit from the new road.”

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The aim of the new bypass is to reduce unnecessary traffic through the centre of Penwortham, which will particularly benefit local people and public transport.

Traffic signals will be monitored to check that they are working effectively, now that the construction work has finished.

There are no plans to reopen the slip road onto Guild Way, as this would affect the new flow of traffic along Golden Way towards Preston. It is part of the wider measures to encourage people to use John Horrocks Way, rather than travelling unnecessarily through Penwortham.

Councillor Bill Evans, Cabinet member for planning, regeneration and City Deal at South Ribble Borough Council, said: “The opening of John Horrocks Way is an important milestone in improving the highways infrastructure in South Ribble.

“The opening of the junction at Howick with Liverpool Road is welcomed and will ensure that local traffic is able to take full advantage of the new road.”

Are you pleased with how the traffic flows through Penwortham? Let us know in the comments section.

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