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The concerns of industry have been listened to over congestion on the motorway says Mark Menzies MP (below).

The concerns of industry have been listened to over congestion on the motorway says Mark Menzies MP (below).

  • by Alex Ross
 

THE congested entrance onto the M55 is set to undergo a multi-million pound revamp.

The Highways Agency has released £170m to improve 57 junctions, dual carriageways and slip roads throughout the country to ease congestion.

Two sections singled out for funding by the Transport Secretary are the M6 slip road at Junction 32 and Junction 1 on the M55 at Broughton roundabout, which will benefit from a £7.2m cash injection.

The improvements will see new traffic lights put on the Broughton roundabout, while the M6 carriageway will be widened south of Junction 32 and three lanes provided within the junction to ease congestion.

Martin Long, chairman of Blackpool Business Leadership Group, says the changes, supported by Lancashire County Council, will help traffic coming into the resort.

He said: “It’s great we are seeing this level of investment to help businesses on the Fylde coast.

“It will be good for traffic coming into Blackpool’s Whitehills Business Park, the development of which has suffered during the recession.

“It’s going to be best for traffic coming from Preston which is a much bigger issue at the moment.”

Mark Menzies, MP for Fylde, said: “Junction One has, for a long time, been a problem area in terms of commuter congestion.

“Since I became an MP I’ve received many letters from people who commute to Preston and have businesses in the Fylde about the pinch point of that junction.

“I’m delighted my concerns have been listened to and action has now been taken.

“This is about the Government helping to turn the wheels of business to stimulate the economy and I welcome the announcement by the new Transport Secretary.”

County Coun Michael Green, cabinet member for highways, transport, economic development and planning, said: “Any work that takes place will look at the capacity and traffic flows on the roundabout to reduce periods of congestion.

“This area is the second largest driver of economic growth in the North West, driven by office-type activity in Preston, large numbers of tourists visiting the Fylde coast and the internationally significant high-tech aerospace sector.”

The work will start in 2014 and end in 2015.

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