Work starts on widening major city artery

Road widening hold up  on A582 as part of the City Deal.  It's currently being held up/not able to finish because of an argument over land boundaries with the Brown Hare Pub on Golden Way, Penwortham.'12th August 2015

Road widening hold up on A582 as part of the City Deal. It's currently being held up/not able to finish because of an argument over land boundaries with the Brown Hare Pub on Golden Way, Penwortham.'12th August 2015

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COMMUTER traffic is likely to be affected as work on widening one of Preston’s busiest transport routes into the city resumes Monday September 21, 2015.

Contractors are now able to complete the dual carriageway on Golden Way, Penwortham after a wrangle over a pub beer garden was settled.

Work to improve the road between the Broad Oak roundabout and Cop Lane should have started around Easter, but was held up due to legal issues involving a strip of land outside the Brown Hare pub.

Now those issues between Lancashire County Council and the owners Marston’s Brewery have now been resolved and workmen are due back on site on Monday morning to continue the project.

Phill Wilson, City Deal project manager, said: “We’re pleased that everything now has been resolved and we’re now looking forward to creating extra capacity on this important route.

“We worked on other parts of the A582 during the hold-up on this section, which means that overall we’re still on schedule.

“There could be some disruption to people’s journeys while this work is carried out, and we hope that people will bear with us. The extra capacity on the road will make it easier for people to get around.”

The work will complete the dual carriageway between the Broad Oak roundabout and Cop Lane, connecting to the existing dual carriageway heading along the A582 towards Preston. The project is expected to be completed towards Christmas.

As part of the road-widening project on the A582, the roundabout is being widened and the controlled pedestrian crossing will be made permanent.

Other recent work on the A582 has included a new footway/cycleway on Millbrook Way and new traffic signals for cyclists at the Cop Lane junction with Golden Way. Funding for the scheme will come from the £434m Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal.