No date set for lane work

County Coun John Fillis
County Coun John Fillis
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A County transport chief has promised to inspect a key link road between south Fylde and Blackpool before deciding when it reopens.

County Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said he wants to see Division Lane, between Midgeland Road and Wild Lane, before work begins to resurface the route.

Highways teams were due to start carriageway repairs on the single track on Monday, but postponed plans at the

request of County Coun Fillis.

He said until then, the council could not confirm when Division Lane would reopen.

He added: “I want to get down to Division Lane and the moss road and see the area myself to get an understanding of what is needed. I am hoping to get down there as soon as possible, within the next week or so – the work (re-surfacing

Division Lane) will not start until after then.”

Division Lane, between Midgeland Road and Wild Lane, was closed earlier this month, following concerns about the safety of the carriageway and complaints from neighbours who felt drivers were using the route as a rat-run.

Last August, Wild Lane was shut to motorists, leaving drivers just two main routes between Blackpool and south Fylde – Clifton Drive North and the Queensway.

As well as discussing Division Lane and the moss road, County Coun Fillis said the building of a link road

between St Annes and the M55 was “vital” for the area.

He added: “Our long-term view is to get that link road through to the bypass – that is vital.

“We are working with developers, councils and other parties and we hope to achieve that sooner rather than later.”

Earlier this week the Gazette reported Fylde MP Mark Menzies had contacted residents to assure them the building of the link road remained a top priority in the borough, following a promise of £2m of Government money for the the project in July.