Plans to create South Ribble dual carriageway to relieve traffic jams

Flensburg Way, Farington, towards Longmeanygate from the 'Tank' Roundabout

Flensburg Way, Farington, towards Longmeanygate from the 'Tank' Roundabout

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CONSULTATION over proposals to widen the A582 in South Ribble, to relieve congestion by creating a dual carriageway, will get underway today.

The A582 is one of the main routes through South Ribble and into Preston, and currently suffers from significant congestion at peak times.

The plans, which are part of the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal, would upgrade the full route into a dual carriageway between Cuerden and Preston city centre.

This also includes the section of Flensburg Way towards Longmeanygate in Leyland.

The proposals aim to reduce congestion on the A582 and neighbouring roads, improve cycling facilities along the route, provide easier access to new housing development sites and provide opportunities for bus priority.

Comments received during the consultation will be reviewed, with further design work carried out to support a possible planning application early next year.

Work funded by the City Deal has already begun to upgrade a number of junctions along the A582, in anticipation of the proposed dual-carriageway work.

The consultation on these plans is being carried out by Lancashire County Council and will run from today until Sunday March 15.

People are invited to come along to find out more, share their views and speak to staff about the proposals in more detail.

Today an exhibition bus will be at the Anchor Inn in Crotson Road, Lostock Hall from 10am until 8pm.

Further events include:

• Thursday February 5, 2pm-8pm St John’s Church, Leyland Lane, Leyland

• Monday February 9, 11am-7pm St James Church Hall, Lostock Hall

• Wednesday February 11, 10am-8pm Penwortham Community Centre, Kingsfold Drive, Penwortham

An online questionnaire will also go live from today, online at: www.lancashire.gov.uk/haveyoursay and select ‘A582 Road Widening Consultation’ to take part.