Consultation launched on new bypass route proposal

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A consultation has been launched for neighbours to have their say on a proposed new route for the Penwortham bypass.

Residents and businesses will be invited to attend events and share their views throughout September and October.

The bypass will aim to improve access from the A59 to the motorway network, on a road that doesn’t pass through Penwortham or Preston city centre.

County Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We have ambitions to grow central Lancashire’s economy over the next 10 years through the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal scheme, and with plans to attract new business, jobs and people to live in the area, we need a road network that will support our plans.

“The route will prevent any houses needing to be demolished, have less of an environmental impact, and will be a shorter stretch of road than the previous suggested route.

“We’re currently in discussion with All Hallows RC High School about looking to provide compensatory playing fields that would actually be nearer to the school than they currently are.”

Coun Margaret Smith, leader of South Ribble Borough Council, added: “This proposed route would define the location of the potential new Ribble crossing.

“This would be an essential piece of a much bigger jigsaw, linking infrastructure projects in South Ribble to ones carried out in Preston under the City Deal.”