Cycle path plan as part of £1m road improvements

Alterations: Penwortham Way near Preston
Alterations: Penwortham Way near Preston
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Major alterations are set to be carried out at a junction near Preston to improve facilities for cyclists and pedestrians as part of a £1m scheme.

The scheme, at the junction of Penwortham Way and Chain House Lane, is being funded by Government cash under the City Deal, which provided money for infrastructure.

A Lancashire County Council report says that as part of the junction improvement works, new measures will be provided including the creation of lengths of shared use cycle track and toucan crossings at the traffic lights.

Coun John Fillis, the cabinet member for highways and transport at County Hall, was asked to approve the removal of the footway and the construction of cycle tracks.

The report says: “The work is being carried out as part of the dualling of the A582.

“The new junction layout improves cycling facilities, while improving junction capacity for all road users.

“This change is part of a broader programme of work to upgrade the A582 corridor to dual carrigeway standard.”

The cycle path will be widened to three metres for most of its length, using the existing verge to become “shared use” for both pedestrians and cyclists.

Consultation has been carried out with residents, Farington Parish Council, South Ribble Council and others.

Meanwhile, another proposal was submitted to extend the Grimsargh Cycle Track to Grimsargh Parish Church.

The plan is to extend the cycle track that runs on an old railway line to link up with the B6243 near Grimsargh Parish Church.

It will also link to the path being built into Grimsargh St Michael’s C of E Primary School by the parochial council. A report to Mr Fillis says the scheme will cost around £45,000 and is being funded by contributions from nearby developers Oaks Business Park, Lancashire Way, and James Hall.

Coun Fillis approved the schemes last week.