Major works to start at city shopping park

Deepdale Shopping Park '(formerly Deepdale Retail Park)
Deepdale Shopping Park '(formerly Deepdale Retail Park)
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Major works are due to start next week on a £500,000 project to improve roads around a city retail park.

More units are being added to Deepdale Shopping Park, which could lead to more traffic in the area.

Now improvements are to be carried out, in line with planning conditions for the £16m extension.

Fully funded by the developer, works are due to begin on Monday to improve the roads and infrastructure around the Blackpool Road park.

Coun Terry Cartwright, who represents Deepdale ward, said: “I think it’s good that, finally, the buildings are going up fast, and because of the redevelopment of the shopping park they have to put in better traffic systems to alleviate the traffic on Blackpool Road.

“I’m not a traffic engineer so I’m not saying it still won’t create traffic, but the new system is supposed to be state of the art.”

The improvements are set to be carried out in two phases, with the first set to begin on Monday to the shopping park entrance.

The left-turn lane from Blackpool Road into the park will be widened to allow a cycle lane on the carriageway and to improve the turning movement for traffic. A new bus stop and lay-by will also be added.

The traffic signals will be upgraded, and extra crossings will be added to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

Phase one work is expected to last 12 weeks.

New entrances will be created on Holme Slack Lane and Clifton Grove, and additional parking bays will also be created on Clifton Grove.

This work will be carried out throughout the 17-week construction period.

In phase two of the project, the signals at the St Gregory Road junction will be updated to improve traffic flow, and pedestrian crossing facilities are to be added to the traffic lights at the junction. This work is expected to last five weeks, and will start when phase one has finished.