Delays expected as Broughton Bypass work is stepped up

Temporary traffic lights will be in place on a section of the A6 as part of work on the Broughton Bypass near Preston from tomorrow, highways chiefs announced this afternoon.

Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 3:21 pm
Updated Wednesday, 10th May 2017, 5:06 pm
Photo Neil Cross Work progressing on the Broughton bypass

The work will continue from Wednesday for two weeks, 24-hours a day, affecting a section north of Broughton.

The work takes place at the site of the new roundabout, where the new road will connect to the existing A6.

The short notice is due to the late availability of a utility company to carry out work connected to the new roundabout.

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Photo Neil Cross Work progressing on the Broughton bypass

A spokesperson for Lancashire County Council said: “”We apologise for any delays that this work could cause. Please allow more time if you are travelling in this area.

“We are doing everything we can to minimise the disruption, but we know that this work will cause delays for people travelling through Broughton.

“This is an important stage of the project to connect the new road to the A6. Please bear with us while this work is carried out.”

Construction of the bypass will reduce traffic travelling through the centre of Broughton on Garstang Road by up to 90 per cent and improve journey times into and out of Preston.

Photo Neil Cross Work progressing on the Broughton bypass

It will also create better connectivity to the wider road network, with benefits to the development and economic growth of the local area.

The bypass is being constructed by Hochtief UK, on behalf of the county council.

The bypass is funded by the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal, which will help to create more than 20,000 new private sector jobs and see over 17,000 new homes built across the area, along with new school places, open green spaces and new health provision to cater for the growing population.