Work to tackle jams at one of Preston’s worst congestion hotspots has been completed.
Lancashire County Council has been carrying out improvements to the Broughton roundabout at the junction of the A6 and M55 since June, to allow it to cope with more traffic.
The £2.6m scheme widened the junctions with the A6 and added signals and feeder lanes to improve traffic flow.
Council bosses also say the roundabout is now safer to use for pedestrians and cyclists, thanks to new crossing points and shared-use paths.
County Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “The positive feedback we’ve received from motorists suggests the improvements are already making a difference to their journeys.
“This is the first of the schemes outlined in our Highways and Transport Masterplan for Central Lancashire to be completed, and is a good example of what we aim to achieve with many of the other projects.
“Adding capacity to our transport infrastructure in this way ensures people can continue to travel safely and efficiently as traffic levels increase and is vital to support future economic growth.
“I’d like to thank people for their patience while the work has been underway, and I’d also like to thank our transport planners, engineers and construction workforce for their contribution to what it’s clear to see is a very effective scheme.”
The County Council said improvements to the roundabout represent an integral part of work to tackle congestion on the A6 corridor at Broughton, and the planned construction of a bypass for Broughton has been taken into account in the design, limiting the need for further major works to the roundabout in the future.