Road will ease village traffic

Coun Frank Andrews, Wrea Green

Coun Frank Andrews, Wrea Green

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RESIDENTS are being urged to have their say on plans to build a £90m new link road to the M55.

Consultation has now begun on the scheme which is part of a £275m package of transport measures over the next two decades being proposed by Lancashire County Council.

The road will link the M55 near Bartle with the A583 and the A584 at Clifton, improving access to the proposed new enterprise zone at BAE Systems in Warton.

It is hoped it will channel traffic away from Wrea Green which currently suffers the brunt of the congestion from BAE workers.

Ribby-with Wrea ward councillor Coun Frank Andrews said: “This does seem to be an ambitious and forward thinking study.

“From the Wrea Green perspective it would appear the proposed new road could improve traffic flow from the North East to Warton and that should help reduce the traffic through Wrea Green.

“At present a lot of traffic to and from Warton is thought to pass through the village ensuring Bryning Lane is very busy road especially at peak times.

“Clearly any proposal that helped reduced this traffic which passes right in front of the village school would be an improvement.”

The public consultation, which will include leaflet drops and public meetings, will close on February 25.

The first of the five consultation events will get under way in Cottam community centre on Haydocks Lane between noon and 5.45pm on Wednesday, January 30.

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