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Update given on Preston Western Distributor works

Posted on - 16th August, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Fylde News, Preston News, Redevelopment, Ribble Valley News, Roads, South Ribble News, Transport, Wyre News
Preston Western Distributor from above Pic: CJ Green
Earlier progress on the Preston Western Distributor from above Pic: CJ Green

Work on a major new road linking Preston and Fylde to the M55 motorway has moved to its ‘busiest’ period.

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Lancashire County Council has today posted an update on the Preston Western Distributor project, a £200m scheme underway to open the road in early 2023.

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The project is the most significant new road programme in the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal. It promotes new housing and business development, ‘increasing capacity’ on the existing local road network.

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Progress on the Preston Western Distributor road. Pic: Costain

County Councillor Charlie Edwards, the cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “The construction of the Preston Western Distributor has been a massive undertaking, and I am happy with the progress our dedicated team have made so far.

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The project is the most significant new road programme in the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal. It promotes new housing and business development, ‘increasing capacity’ on the existing local road network.

“Due to the scale of this ambitious project, disruption is unavoidable. Thanks again to local people for your patience.”

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The full update is as follows:

  • The M55 gantry bases are now finished, with the new gantries due to be installed by the end of August.
  • The Cottam Link roundabout on Lea Road is partially completed, with the base layer now laid and drainage installed across most of the site.
  • The East-West Link Road is progressing well, with street lighting columns and signage now being installed.
  • The waterproofing is complete on Savick Brook Viaduct, and the kerbing is nearly complete, with the central reservation work ongoing.
  • Bartle Bridge has a base and binder, with the surface tarmac scheduled for completion. Drainage and junction works have now begun. Landscaping has also started across the site.
  • The remainder of August will be among the busiest yet for the project. The council will lay large quantities of asphalt and complete work on the pavements.

Read more: Old Tram Bridge secures spot in Preston City Council’s ‘Levelling Up’ bid 

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Construction began in October 2019 at the west of the city from the M55 motorway to a new junction with Blackpool Road at Lea.

The works also include two new roads to the Northwest Preston Strategic Housing Site, with the scheme linking the A583 and the M55.



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