Decision due on route of new road

A map of the route of a proposed new road to link Preston and South Fylde to the M55
A map of the route of a proposed new road to link Preston and South Fylde to the M55
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Highways chiefs are poised to confirm the route of a new road which will see an additional junction created on the M55 motorway.

The Preston Western Distributor will also improve traffic links around the BAE Systems site in Warton which is earmarked to become an enterprise zone, thereby easing congestion in Wrea Green.

Frank Andrews

Frank Andrews

Lancashire County Council has now completed a six-week consultation on the route for the 4km stretch of dual carriageway with a final decision due to be made on November 11.

Project manager for the scheme Phill Wilson said: “We’re very grateful for the responses to the consultation. A large number of them raised concerns or sought assurances over the timing and potential impact of the construction of the roads, and the traffic conditions that would follow.

“We’ll give full consideration to these issues, and hold further consultation, as detailed designs for the roads, and environmental mitigation measures, are developed to support a future planning application.

“However, our preferred route is the one we’ve assessed as making the least impact on existing infrastructure and the environment and, at this still early stage, we’re simply seeking to protect it from development which may impede future progress.”

Ribby-with-Wrea councillor Frank Andrews said: “Wrea Green currently gets a lot of traffic heading to BAE and this relief road will help ease that.

“We hope it goes ahead as soon as possible.”