Major roadworks around a city retail park that caused severe disruption to shoppers and motorists have now finished.
The £500,000 project around Deepdale Retail Park started in July this year and is now finished, with just a small section of work on Holme Slack Lane to be finished.
Last month, the Evening Post told how motorists had been left fed up due to traffic chaos in the area.
Drivers complained they were snarled up in long queues for up to half an hour by work at the entrance to the retail park.Deepdale Coun Terry Cartwright said: “Like most people I am glad to see the back of it.
“What I am delighted about is the pedestrian crossing at the retail park which they put nearer so customers and residents can cross opposite what they call ‘fireman’s walk’ next to the fire station. They have done that, it is a real positive for people using the crossings.
“They done it, they have put it in. Admittedly there has been traffic chaos but I have seen it and it is much better.”
The work was carried out to cater for the increased traffic expected at the retail park as new units are added and have been paid for by the developer.
The left-turn lane from Blackpool Road into Deepdale Retail Park has been widened to allow a cycle lane on the carriageway and to improve the turning movement for traffic. There is also a new bus stop and layby.
An additional 158 new car parking spaces are available.
On Holme Slack Lane, entrances to a new residential development and a community facility will be created.
The signals at St Gregory Road junction have been updated to improve traffic flow.