Plans for new link road to go on show

Coun Peter Collins

Coun Peter Collins

A proposed new link road between rural Fylde and the M55 has been welcomed as something no one “could possibly object to”.

Lancashire County Council is to begin a public consultation on the proposed dual carriageway west of Preston, which will pass close to the village of Clifton.

The authority claims the road will improve access from the motorway to large employers in South Fylde, such as BAE Systems at Warton.

Coun Peter Collins, who represents Clifton on Fylde Council, has welcomed the idea. He said: “This was first thought of over 20 years ago, but was shelved.

“It’s basically been resurrected because of all the houses being built at Cottam (north-west of Preston) and because of that the road’s needed.

“I don’t think anyone who sees what’s being put there could possibly object to it.”

The six-week consultation will take place from Thursday, May 29 to Sunday, July 13, with public exhibitions being held at three venues in Preston during June for people to find out more.

While Coun Collins has welcomed the idea, he believes there may be some reservations about the potential for congestion in Fylde’s villages.

He said: “It’s going to change traffic flows right across South Fylde, lots of traffic will come this way from Lytham and Warton. It’s a good thing, and I’m all in favour of it, but until it’s built we don’t know how much congestion it’s going to create at this end.”

Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport for Lancashire County Council, said: “We’d like to use this consultation as an opportunity to explain how we’ve come up with the route for these roads, and to give people the chance to tell us what they think.”

To have your say about the proposed road, an online survey is available at www.lancashire.gov.uk/haveyoursay.

Public exhibitions will be held at Smiths Arms, Lea Lane, Lea Town on Monday, June 2; Preston Grasshoppers, Lightfoot Green Lane, Preston on Wednesday, June 11 and Ashton and Lea Golf Club, Tudor Avenue, Lea on Thursday, June 12.




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