PLANS to dig up one of the Fylde coast’s biggest roundabouts for a new traffic lights system have been abandoned.
Proposals to completely re fashion the Norcross roundabout on the A585 Amounderness Way were due to go ahead in February.
But work was delayed after town hall chiefs appealed to highways bosses to hold back until the area’s seafront regeneration programme was completed.
Residents branded the plans “insane” but highways bosses claimed the works would prevent traffic backing up on the busy road.
But this week the Highways Agency announced bosses have now agreed not to proceed – freeing up around £1.7m for schemes elsewhere in Lancashire.
The department will now look at problems at Singleton crossroads – one of the busiest traffic hotspots in Fylde and Wyre – next year.
Wyre MP Ben Wallace said he was delighted the Highways Agency had listened to pleas from locals.
He said: “I’m so pleased the Highways Agency has listened to sense and has abandoned its plans to replace the Norcross roundabout with a complex junction. I received dozens of representations from constituents concerned the plans would worsen traffic on Amounderness Way.
“Some of the money saved will now be used to address congestion at Singleton and I have received assurances this will become one of the Highways Agency’s priorities for next year.”
County Coun John Shedwick, from Amounderness Division, added: “I share Mr Wallace’s delight that finally, following a recent meeting, the Highways Agency have agreed to abandon the proposed Norcross Roundabout Scheme and look again at more pressing traffic management issues along the A585.
“I trust they will fully involve both elected members and the public in consultation before bringing forward future schemes.”
In order to improve safety at the roundabout the Highways Agency said it will look to introduce other measures, such as high-friction surfacing and other small-scale safety improvements, at the Norcross roundabout.