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Plans to block off Croston Road

County Councillor Mike Otter at Croston Road in Farington Moss. It's proposed to block off Croston Road near to the roundabout at Fidler Lane and the A582 Flensburg Way

County Councillor Mike Otter at Croston Road in Farington Moss. It's proposed to block off Croston Road near to the roundabout at Fidler Lane and the A582 Flensburg Way

 

Creating a dead-end on a busy Leyland commuter road could be an ‘absolute disaster’, residents have warned.

New plans are in place to block off the end of Croston Road in Farington Moss where it meets the double mini roundabouts at Flensburg Way.

Lancashire County Council has revealed the plans in its Highways and Transport Masterplan, which is designed to cope with the extra housing and traffic expected in the area over the next 13 years.

Up to 800 homes are set to be built between Heatherleigh and Moss Lane over the next 15 years, and the county council wants to build a new road through the middle of the development, connecting Croston Road with the Flensburg Way ‘tank’ roundabout.

The bypasses around the area are to become duel carriageways under the masterplan, which was signed off late last year.

But residents living in Farington Moss say it will be a ‘nightmare’ around the Earnshaw Bridge ‘Tiger’ junction at the lower end of Croston Road, if it is blocked off at the top.

Frank Hunt, of Leyland Lane, chairman of the Farington Moss Residents’ Action Group, said: “I think it is a diabolical idea. If they block off the top of Croston Road, we will get all of the traffic heading into Leyland and towards the M6 at the lower end of Farington Moss, and the Earnshaw Bridge junction.

“It is going to be a nightmare. It would be an absolute disaster for this area.”

The council wants to prevent Croston Road becoming more of a rat run, and wants to reduce the number of entrances onto the mini roundabouts from six to four.

Coun Mike Otter, county councillor for Farington, said: “I’m not sure if it’s a good move.

“I’m sure the people at the top of Croston Road will be pleased, but I don’t know how it will affect other people living in the area, and those who come to live on the new estates.

“There isn’t really enough detail about this at the moment, but my concern would be that this could isolate a large part of the community in terms of public transport.”

But Neil Stevens, highways planning manager at LCC, said there would be opportunities to create a new bus service in Farington Moss to meet demand from the new houses being built there.

The duelling of the carriageways is expected to take place between 2021 and 2022, while the key junctions will need to be worked on first.

 

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