Traffic hotspot to be tackled in £2.6m plan

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Work is set to start in June on a long-awaited scheme to free up one of Lancashire’s worst congestion hotspots.

Lancashire County Council is proposing to carry out a raft of improvements to add capacity to the Broughton Roundabout at the junction of the A6 and M55.

The total cost of the scheme is around £2.6m.

A final decision will be taken by the cabinet member for highways and transport on April 30, with the recommendation to commit £800,000 from the county council’s budget.

This will join £600,000 from a Highways Agency fund and £1.2m from the Homes and Communities Agency because of the traffic impact expected because of a future housing development at Cottam Hall, Preston.

Congestion at the roundabout causes peak-time tailbacks which regularly lead to traffic queuing back on to the M55 and M6 motorways.

Plans include a bid to widen the northbound carriageway of the A6 to the south of the junction and provide three rather than two lanes on to the roundabout, and widen the southbound carriageway of the A6 north of the roundabout to provide an extra lane for access to the motorway.

Phil Barrett, director of Lancashire Highway Services, said: “The improvements at this junction are needed to ensure people can continue to travel efficiently as traffic levels grow.”

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