WORK begins today on a £2.6m scheme to ease queues at a congestion hotspot.
Improvements are being made to the Broughton roundabout at the junction of the A6 and M55 to the north of Preston.
The scheme will add capacity in order to reduce delays, as well as making the area safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
Initial activity will see hedging and trees next to the A6 removed, followed by further preliminary work to move pipes and cables.
The main works, expected to take four to five months, are scheduled to start early in the summer to take advantage of school holidays and reduce disruption.
It includes widening of the A6, upgrading traffic signals and introducing safer pedestrian crossing points.
County Coun Tim Ashton, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We’re already planning for the further improvements to our transport infrastructure.
“This scheme is the first to become a reality. While there will be some disruption in the short term while the work takes place, it is essential if we’re to keep traffic moving.”