‘Intelligent’ lights for busy junction

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One of Preston’s busiest junctions is to receive a £1m revamp - but it means five months of roadworks for commuters.

The junction of Ringway and North Road near the bus station will be remodelled to feature ‘intelligent’ traffic signals that change automatically depending on how busy it is, and synchronise with signals on other junctions to improve traffic flow.

There will also be cycle lanes, new street lighting, improved crossing facilities and revamped landscaping.

It is hoped improvements will reduce delays and make the area more welcoming for cyclists and pedestrians.

The work will start on Monday, July 14 and is expected to be finished during December.

Coun Jennifer Mein, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “This junction is a major gateway into Preston and these improvements will help to keep traffic moving as well as making it much more accessible to cyclists and pedestrians. “The scheme will complement the recent improvements to other junctions on Ringway and the major investment on Fishergate to make central Preston a more welcoming place for residents, visitors and businesses.

“This work also prepares for predicted increases in traffic which will result as the city continues to grow and we need to ensure our transport network is functioning as efficiently as possible.

“We’re sorry for any disruption while the work takes place, but we’ll be keeping this to a minimum by ensuring any work that affects traffic is done outside of peak times.”

The news comes after a £233.9m Growth Deal for Lancashire was announced at Preston Railway Station yesterday by the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin. It will fund public transport improvements as well as major road schemes, such as the Broughton Bypass.