£1.8m trunk route boost

An aerial shot showing Amounderness Way, in Thornton, and Bourne Way to the right which will benefit from a �1.8m grant.

An aerial shot showing Amounderness Way, in Thornton, and Bourne Way to the right which will benefit from a �1.8m grant.

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A £1.8m grant to widen a busy trunk road and make it safer for residents to cross has been welcomed by campaigners.

The Department for Transport has earmarked the cash to invest in the A585 – Amounderness Way – leading up to Bourne Way, in Thornton, to improve the road, ban right turns into West Drive and install a crossing.

It comes after Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, lobbied Government ministers to look into dangers posed by the road and stop lorries driving on West Drive, instead of the proposed route along Bourne Way.

He said: “This will be good news for people living on West Drive by reducing HGV (heavy goods vehicles) usage, for those who want to walk between Thornton and Cleveleys, as well as those concerned about the safety of the current turn into Bourne Way for HGVs.

“Although it is not all I have campaigned for, it is a big step in the right direction.

“Making a safer and more efficient road network will drive investment and jobs into the area and I welcome this.”

Coun Andrea Kay, ward councillor for Cleveleys Park, said: “It’s fantastic they are going to widen the road.

“The road goes from two lanes into one and wagons go flying through there and don’t forget the road changes.

“But there’s going to be traffic lights there and I’m really excited.

“I get a lot of complaints about this from residents and my main concern are the children and elderly residents.”

Coun Kay is still pushing for improvements to take place on the A585 and wants more traffic to go into Fleetwood.

She added: “My dream is we share the traffic with Fleetwood so HGVs go up to the Eros roundabout and come down Fleetwood Road and go between the caravan park (on Springfield Terrace).”

However, this proposal has been rejected by Coun John Warnock, ward councillor for Mount, who says HGVs should stick to Bourne Way.

He said: “If they have to go around the Eros roundabout they would have to re-build it because of the camber on the road.

“Bourne Way is a purpose built road with acoustic barriers along there to stop the noise and it should take the traffic.”

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