£41m bypass to ease Wyre traffic bottlemeck

Grant Shapps and Paul Maynard at the A585 which is to get a bypass.
Grant Shapps and Paul Maynard at the A585 which is to get a bypass.
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Wyre is set to get a £41.3m bypass to relieve one of the biggest traffic nightmares in the county.

Conservative party chairman Grant Shapps paid a flying visit to Poulton to see for himself the traffic bottlenecks between Windy Harbour and Skipool.

He was there to announce the new bypass plan which came as part of a Government £15bn roads giveaway in Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn statement.

Mr Shapps said the full details for the new route, which could rise to a cost of £50m, would be thrashed out by the Highways Agency and local stakeholders starting with a meeting next week.

He said: “This is great news for the people here who have to put up with this notorious bottleneck and who are sick of the A585 being stuffed up.

“They will be getting a new bypass which will make a huge difference to the residents’ journeys and to local businesses in Fleetwood and North Blackpool.

Local MPS have welcomed the announcement which they have been lobbying for for many years.

Blackpool North MP Paul Maynard said: “The work that has been carried out already on the A585 have been smaller project to deal with pinch points.

“This is a huge new project which will address most of the other problems.”

Fylde MP Mark Menzies said: “This will be key for the future development of Fleetwood and companies such as Victrex and the others at the Hillhouse site.”

Full details in tomorrow’s Gazette