Roundabout plans given thumbs up

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NEW plans to improve one of the Fylde coast’s busiest roundabouts have been given the thumbs-up.

Proposals to dig up and completely revamp the Norcross roundabout on the A585 Amounderness Way were due to go ahead in February.

But work was delayed after town hall chiefs appealed to highways bosses to hold back until the area’s seafront regeneration programme was completed.

And political leaders have now given a more modest improvement scheme - which does not involve traffic lights - the go-ahead.

The new scheme includes the resurfacing and re-marking of the roundabout carriageway, renewal of the high-friction surface on the A585 approaches and relaying the existing segregated footway/cycleway and replacing it with a shared use footway and cycleway.

Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, joined dozens of locals who campaigned against the original plans.

He said: “I’m really pleased the Highways Agency has listened to local people’s concerns.

“This is a busy roundabout and any work to increase its safety is welcome. The resurfacing with high-friction material is especially welcome.

“The improvements work shows what can be done when the public, politicians and agencies work together in the commons good.

“I am also pleased to see the Highways Agency intend to implement the scheme in phases to minimise disruption.”

A Highways Agency spokesman said they were happy to listen to the public.

He added: “Following a meeting with local MPs and councillors we decided not to proceed with the proposed signalisation scheme.

“We agreed to consider a more modest improvement scheme which retains the roundabout and does not involve any signals.

“Having investigated this further, we now propose to undertake this reduced-scale scheme in February and March, on a phased basis to minimise disruption to motorists.

“The re-marking of the roundabout is designed to improve awareness of motorists waiting at the ‘Give Way’ lines of vehicles already on the roundabout.”

Various signs near the roundabout will also be replaced.