Motorists faced chaos at one of Preston’s busiest bottlenecks this week as approaches to it are widened.
Roadworks to ease congestion at Broughton roundabout have been ongoing since June.
But this week overnight closures have been in place to enable work to widen approaches to the roundabout to be carried out safety.
Drivers using the notorious A6/M55 intersection north of the city yesterday encountered problems when a lane of traffic had to merge with another – because of the introduction of a red cycle lane.
One fed-up motorist said: “It was very dangerous. Somebody is going to end up having an accident there. The traffic somehow ended up in the cycle lane, so everyone was trying to then squeeze into the next lane as the two neighbouring lanes remained empty.”
Martin Galloway, head of network management, said: “The work to widen and add capacity to Broughton roundabout will reduce delays at one of the most congested points on Preston’s roads, and we’re sorry for the temporary delays while we put the changes in place.
“We’re currently carrying out works overnight to minimise inconvenience as far as we can, but while this is happening, people may find the layout has changed in the morning, so I’d ask them to pay particular attention when driving through the works.”
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week, the A6 at the roundabout, including all access onto and off the M55 at Junction 1, was closed.
And various approaches to the roundabout will be closed tonight, Monday and Tuesday.
For full details of all closures and diversions go to www.lancashire.gov.uk and search ‘broughton roundabout’.