30-week long roadworks to start on Monday

The roundabout of Stanifield Lane, Farington Road, Lostock Lane and Watkin Lane in Leyland and Lostock Hall, which is set to get traffic lights and cycle lanes
The roundabout of Stanifield Lane, Farington Road, Lostock Lane and Watkin Lane in Leyland and Lostock Hall, which is set to get traffic lights and cycle lanes

Roadworks at a busy commuter roundabout connecting Farington, Lostock Hall and Bamber Bridge are due to begin next Monday, January 5, and will last until the summer.

As previously reported in the Guardian, plans are in place to widen the roundabout of Stanifield Lane, Farington Road, Lostock Lane and Watkin Lane to create extra lanes, and install traffic lights.

The works, due to be carried out by Lancashire County Council (LCC), are set to improve capacity at the junction, reduce congestion and make traffic flow more smoothly.

They are expected to last around 30 weeks.

New cycle lanes, and shared footways and cycleways with controlled crossings will also make it much safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, according to LCC.

Phil Wilson, LCC’s highways project manager overseeing the scheme, said: “This is a very busy roundabout, particularly during rush-hour.

“The improvements will reduce journey times and make it much safer for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.

“By providing better footways and cycleways, the improvements will also encourage more environmentally-friendly ways of getting around the area.”

These improvements and other work to upgrade the A582 form part of City Deal, a 10-year project for Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire worth £434m, to deliver major road and transport infrastructure improvements.