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Roads closed for UCLan Masterplan won’t reopen on schedule

Posted on - 9th July, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Redevelopment, UCLan, University
Work is still underway on the roads outside the new Engineering Innovation Centre
Work is still underway on the roads outside the new Engineering Innovation Centre

The schedule for reopening roads around the UCLan Masterplan development is being delayed.

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The reopening of Friargate, Walker Street and Moor Lane won’t take place until September, while the reopening of Adelphi Street is now planned for December.

A spokesperson for UCLan said the delay has been caused by Covid-19, plus unforeseen drainage work.

The Balfour Beatty construction team has continued to work through the lockdown, but social distancing has meant reduced working efficiencies. The team was also required to revise the drainage plans following inspections, which caused further delays.

Local businesses remain accessible by foot, with additional parking available nearby on Friargate and Adelphi Street. UCLan car parks are also available and free for public use at weekends.

Read more: Struggling Friargate businesses offered lifeline by local businessman

Balfour Beatty Operations Manager, Graeme Moffat, said: “As a result of the tenacity and hard work of our teams and supply chain partners, we’ve worked efficiently and safely through Covid-19 to continue delivering works whilst also reducing any disruption to the travelling public.

“The team are delivering all works strictly adhering to Balfour Beatty’s Covid-19 Site Operating Procedures, which are fully aligned to the latest UK Government guidelines to ensure the continued health, safety and wellbeing of all those who work for and with us.”

Part of the new road layout at the UCLan Masterplan Highways scheme
Part of the new road layout

Michael Ahern, UCLan’s Chief Information and Infrastructure Officer, said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this delay. These are extraordinary times, but we have all done our absolute best to keep the project moving. 

“Keeping everyone safe on site has been our priority but the social distancing measures, together with the additional drainage work, means the reopening of both roads will now take place later than planned.

“We would again like to thank everyone for their continued patience as we progress these essential highways changes. We are extremely pleased with the work already completed which is of a very high standard and will be transformational for all our community stakeholders.”

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The highways scheme will complement the University’s £60 million Student Centre and new civic square, a key part of its £200 million Campus Masterplan.

Read more: UCLan Masterplan development reaches important milestone in construction

To keep informed of any travel updates and for more detail about current highways information and diversions, visit the UCLan Masterplan website or follow the latest updates on Twitter.

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