Roadworks to begin in Fylde Road as UCLan's redevelopment enters final stage

Roadworks will begin in Preston's Fylde Road next week as UCLan's £200m redevelopment moves a step closer to completion.

Thursday, 11th February 2021, 2:26 pm
Updated Thursday, 11th February 2021, 3:32 pm
Highways work on the UCLan's £200m "Masterplan" development is entering its final phase with work to commence in Fylde Road on Monday (February 15)

The final stage of roadworks around the university campus will begin on Monday to upgrade a section of Fylde Road, with temporary traffic lights in place to manage traffic.

The lights are expected to cause some delays at peak times, but UCLan says efforts are being made to keep disruption to a minimum by ensuring the road remains open throughout the work.

It marks the final phase of works on the roads around the campus, with the highways part of the project expected to be completed by September.

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Adelphi Street is set to reopen in April while it’s estimated all highways work will be completed by September 2021

What's the plan?

Beginning on Monday (February 15), initial work will affect the northbound section of footpath and carriageway from the junction of Maudland Road to the bus stop outside the University’s Computing and Technology building.

UCLan said pedestrians might have to follow short diversion routes while works are taking place but these will be clearly signposted.

Adelphi Street is set to reopen in April with all highways work due to be completed by the start of the next academic year in September.

UCLan’s chief infrastructure officer Michael Ahern, who is overseeing the redevelopment, said: “During this final phase of our highways project the University section of Fylde Road will remain open with temporary traffic lights in place.

"We would therefore urge all road users to allow a little extra time to complete their journeys, especially at peak times.

"We are now on the final straight and once again I would like to thank the public for their co-operation during this major project to upgrade the highway around our new Student Centre and Square while providing a welcoming new gateway into the city."

Balfour Beatty operations manager Graeme Moffat added: "Despite the inclement weather we have been experiencing, works are progressing at pace with our expert team already on site at Maudland Road, four months ahead of schedule, in a bid to minimise disruption for the travelling public and local businesses.

“I would like to thank the public for their ongoing co-operation and continued patience while we complete this essential upgrade project."

The University said its car parks remain open free of charge to the public at weekends.