Have your say on bypass plans

A public consultation is being launched about the Penwortham Bypass
A public consultation is being launched about the Penwortham Bypass

Residents and businesses are being invited to have their say on a proposed major route which will connect South Ribble to Preston.

A public consultation about the Penwortham bypass will run throughout September and October.

It is hoped that building the bypass will improve access from the A59 to the motorway network on a road that does not pass through Penwortham or Preston city centre.

The proposed road will link the A582 at the Broad Oak roundabout and the A59 west of Penwortham at Howick, and funding for the work will come from the City Deal.

County Councillor John Fillis, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We have ambitions to grow central Lancashire’s economy over the next 10 years through the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal scheme, and with plans to attract new business, jobs and people to live in the area, we need a road network that will support our plans.

“The Penwortham bypass is an important part of this and the route we’re proposing will make it much quicker and easier for people to travel in and out of the area.

“The route will prevent any houses needing to be demolished, have less of an environmental impact, and will be a shorter stretch of road than the previous suggested route.

“It will also be cheaper to deliver and will be a more direct link to a potential future bridge over the River Ribble.

“It’s vital that residents, businesses and community representatives share their views, and the consultation will be an opportunity to have your say about what we’re proposing.”

Coun Margaret Smith, leader of South Ribble Council, added: “This proposed route would define the location of the potential new Ribble crossing.

“This would be an essential piece of a much bigger jigsaw, linking infrastructure projects in South Ribble to ones carried out in Preston under the City Deal.

“This will bring a huge boost, not only to South Ribble and Central Lancashire, but to the whole of the North West.

“Not only would our residents reap the rewards of shorter journey times, this along with other schemes will pave the way for investment in our town centres and open spaces, as well as other improved facilities for our residents and opportunities for businesses.”

More details about the consultation will be made available over the next few weeks.