Road plan ‘will spark more traffic misery’

Amounderness Way, Thornton.

Amounderness Way, Thornton.

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A concerned community leader today criticised plans to change a major road in Wyre.

Coun Penny Martin has hit out at Highways Agency plans to block right turns off Amounderness Way on to West Drive as part of proposals to widen a pinch point on the A585.

The Cleveleys Park councillor claims the £1.8m plan, which is designed to make the road safer for pedestrians, would send more traffic along Bourne Way in Thornton, and upset residents who are already concerned about the number of vehicles along there.

She said: “As anyone who lives in the area knows, there are problems at the A585/West Drive junction but implementing a no-right turn towards Thornton will do nothing to alleviate them.

“Indeed, this plan would simply send more traffic along Bourne Way which is already a source of concern with local residents.”

But Coun Peter Gibson, leader of Wyre Council, said: “Anything that improves the traffic flow on the A585 and the Bourne Way pinch point in particular should be welcomed.

“Wyre Council will be supporting the plans that will benefit not just existing residents and businesses, but those who will rely on the route in years to come.”

A spokesman for the Highways Agency added: “All the pinch point schemes have been drawn up with a lot of local consultation including talks with the council.”

Consultation about the plans is under way. Contact the Highways Agency before June 20 at www.highways.gov.uk.

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