YOUR VIEW: Residents can shape Broughton bypass

Broughton Bypass Map

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Residents are to be asked for their views to draw up a £500,000 blueprint for improving walking and cycling facilities and public areas around a new bypass.

Work on the long-awaited £23m Broughton bypass near Preston is set to begin late this year.

The proposed £23.7m bypass is needed to reduce pollution and massive congestion problems. It will create a new route from the Broughton roundabout at Junction 1 of the M55 to the A6 north of the village.

Initial plans have been drawn up for traffic calming and environmental improvements.

Now Lancashire County Council wants the public to have their say on what else is needed before final proposals are drawn up.

Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, has given the green light for public consultation to find out what people in the village think of the plans and invite feedback before detailed designs are produced.

He said: “One of the conditions of planning permission for the bypass is to make improvements in Broughton along the A6 to reflect the reduction in traffic levels and encourage through-traffic to use the bypass rather than go through the village.

“We’re proposing to improve the environment in Broughton village by changing the layout of the Woodplumpton Lane junction, and give more space to pedestrians and cyclists in a way that is more in keeping with a quieter village centre.

“I’d encourage everyone to have their say when the consultation takes place to help us shape the designs.”

Public consultation has to begin now to enable a suitable scheme to be agreed, subject to the bypass being given the final go-ahead.

The county council will now organise an event in the local area to encourage people to comment, and consult directly with Broughton Parish Council and Preston City Council.

Planning permission for the Broughton Bypass requires the county council to finalise a scheme for the complementary works within six months of the bypass works starting.

A public inquiry into Compulsory Purchase Orders for land needed for the scheme is set to be held in April.