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Garstang Road may close for Fulwood to Preston cycle superhighway works

Posted on - 1st April, 2022 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Fulwood, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Roads, Transport
Garstang Road Pic: Google
Existing cycle markings have been deemed inadequate Pic: Google

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A stretch of Garstang Road could be set to close to allow work to commence on a dedicated cycle superhighway to connect Fulwood to Preston city centre.

It is understood the existing cycle markings have been deemed inadequate as the lanes can’t safely accommodate riders three abreast.

Plans seen by Blog Preston reveal that work could begin before the year end and may last several months.

The proposals state: “Previous developments have taken a more piecemeal approach, closing off sections to still allow a flow of traffic.

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“However, after listening to community feedback, we believe it’s simpler to close the entire road to allow quicker construction time thereby minimising disruption overall.

“Whilst it’s never easy closing such a large section of road, it’s analogous to slowly ripping a plaster off over two years. We think Preston’s drivers would rather we quickly ripped the bandage off over a span of mere months.”

Although local drivers have been very understanding and extremely patient during the Penwortham to Preston cycle superhighway works, some might have hoped that future work would focus on removing potholes.

However, at this point in the lifecycle of most of Preston’s roads, they’re basically more pothole than level surface, so it makes more sense to allow the potholes to spread completely until the road is basically level again, albeit several inches lower.

Read more: Preston city centre could be 100 per cent pedestrianised by 2027

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Speaking about the proposed Fulwood to Preston cycle superhighway, a spokesperson from the prominent Winckley Square based investment firm PI Staker Ltd said: “One of Preston’s fastest growing manufacturing industries is form-fitting lycra.

“With several companies already producing vivid racing jerseys and tight, tight shorts for Preston’s cyclists, another cycle superhighway can only mean yet more of this snug, tastefully revealing fabric being adopted across the city.”


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