Bridge bid to boost links

Howick Cross Lane, Penwortham, where it has been proposed to build a new bridge.

Howick Cross Lane, Penwortham, where it has been proposed to build a new bridge.

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IMPROVED links between the Fylde coast and South Ribble could be on the horizon as part of a multi-million pound scheme.

A bridge joining the two locations together has been proposed as part of a £275m Lancashire County Council masterplan to improve roads in Penwortham.

The bridge would run from Howick Cross, Penwortham, to the A583 Blackpool Road near the Lea Gate pub, Clifton, and is set to be built around 2026.

Tim Ashton, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “A lot of people have said they want the bridge straight away but it will be around £100m to build it.

“It will alleviate a lot of congestion which is good for people travelling through the Fylde.

“We’ve been talking about this bridge for a while and the people we’ve spoken to see it as really important.”

One business leader says it will improve trade links on the Fylde coast, but has warned developers to be cautious of the effect it could have on existing roads.

Steve Pye, chairman of Federation of Small Businesses on the Fylde coast, said: “By-pass roads always have benefits and build links, but it could take traffic away from other roads.

“It would create jobs but some businesses do rely on passing trade and they would suffer.

“I would like to know a bit more about the details to see who would be affected.”

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