Road chaos fears over roundabout

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FEARS of further road chaos have been sparked by plans to dig up one of Fylde’s biggest roundabouts.

Norcross roundabout on the A585 Amounderness Way will be replaced by a new traffic lights system when Highways Agency plans go ahead.

Bosses say the work, set to start next month, will reduce the heavy queues approaching the junction but some motorists say there is no need for improvement.

Cleveleys resident Nichola Wright said: “Whenever any work is done it is an absolute nightmare and for the last twelve months all we have seen is road works.

“I don’t think replacing a roundabout with lights will ease the traffic. A dual carriage way would be more sensible.

“These plans have been drawn up with no consultation with the people who actually use the roads or live in the area.

“I have already changed my childcare arrangements because this is going to be a massive disruption.”

Work is set to start at the end of February and end in June – a traffic order to restrict traffic movement while work is carried out has a maximum duration of 18 months.

The order will impose a 30mph speed restriction on a mile stretch of the A585 Trunk Road and prohibit traffic approaching from Fleetwood Road North, Fleetwood Road South and Norcross Lane.

Diversions will be put in place.

Thornton councillor Ramesh Gandhi said it had been recognised for a long time something needed to be done about the busy junction,

He said: “The A585 has been a growing problem for local people for a long time and this is something which will ease the traffic congestion to some extent.

“You are always going to get disruption with any work like this, you can’t have omelette without breaking eggs.”

Neil Sterio of the Highways Agency said the improvements would stop the traffic congestion near the roundabout.

He told The Gazette: “We hope to implement a signal layout to reduce long queues

“It will cause disruption inevitable with these types of improvements.

“We’re working closely with Lancashire County Council to put together a suitable traffic management plan to keep disruption to a minimum.

“If this scheme is given the go ahead we would hope to see the work completed by about June.”