New road and roundabout to be built in Fulwood

The construction of a new roundabout and road in Fulwood will begin in January, it has been revealed.

Friday, 29th September 2017, 4:12 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th October 2017, 3:36 pm
Photo Neil Cross Lightfoot Lane, Fulwood being closed to traffic for up to a year starting at the end of next week, due to more building work in the area Residents Elizabeth and Jean Fisher

As reported in last week’s Lancashire Post, a section of Lightfoot Lane will be closed for nine months, to the fury of the people who live there.

Lancashire County Council has now revealed that the reason for the closure is to create a new road leading to the David Wilson Homes development.

The road will be connected to Lightfoot Lane by a new roundabout. Construction of the new route will begin in January and is scheduled to last for nine months.

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To prepare for the works, the council will be felling trees along Lightfoot Lane, starting from today.

Phill Wilson, project manager for the City Deal Infrastructure Delivery Team, said: “The removal of these trees is a part of preparations for this work next year. We’re carrying it out at this time as it is outside the bird nesting season and to prevent protected species such as amphibians from hibernating in the undergrowth and tree roots.

“Lightfoot Lane is a busy road and we know that people have been affected by recent work in this area by private contractors. We’ll be carrying out this tree work during off peak times, to reduce the impact on people’s journeys. This new junction will also assist with the future development of the proposed East-West Link Road, a new road that would connect to the proposed Preston Western Distributor.

“The Preston Western Distributor is one of City Deal’s key new roads. It will help people to access new homes developments, reduce congestion and create additional capacity in this part of the road network.”

Residents were initially told their street would be closing on October 1, before the date was pushed back to January.