Public’s views sought on major Lancashire roadworks

Next phase: County Councillor John Fillis at the junction of Penwortham Way and Chain House Lane, where the carriageway has been widened and cycling provision upgraded

Next phase: County Councillor John Fillis at the junction of Penwortham Way and Chain House Lane, where the carriageway has been widened and cycling provision upgraded

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Major roadworks to widen the carriageways between Preston and South Ribble are set to continue in the New Year, and road users are being asked for their views on how works should progress.

The first part of a £430m project under the City Deal to create more dual carriageways has just finished, with the section of the A582 Penwortham Way at its junction with Chain House Lane in Penwortham being widened.

Lancashire County Council has now announced plans for a public consultation throughout January and February over the next phase of the work.

This will include improving cycling infrastructure, with a 3m-wide shared cycle and footway to be delivered alongside the A582 for the entire length of the road widening.

Further complementary improvements are also planned near Golden Way with a proposal to provide a shared use footway cycleway for the entire length of Millbrook Way.

Long-term plans involve upgrading the A582 to a dual carriageway along its full length

County Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “The A582 in its current form as a single carriageway does not have the capacity it will need in future, and widening it to a dual carriageway is a real priority.

“We have also taken cycling into consideration and will be putting in place a dedicated off-road cycleway as well as taking particular care to ensure the design of junctions reduces the risks to cyclists.

“Our options for how to widen the A582 are limited taking into account the engineering, physical and environmental constraints of the existing road, however there are decisions to make about aspects such as which side to widen it on, and we’d like to hear people’s views.”

The consultation will include a series of events in the area, which will be publicised soon.