As a 26-week scheme to widen a major road between Leyland and Preston comes to an end, more works have been announced for the New Year.
The first part of a £430m project under the City Deal to create more duel carriageways has just finished.
The section of the A582 Penwortham Way which has been closed since May re-opened last week, at its junction with Chain House Lane in Penwortham.
Now, it has been announced that the next scheme under the City Deal will start in January, to create traffic lights and cycle lanes at the roundabout of Stanifield Lane, Farington Road, Lostock Lane and Watkin Lane between Farington and Lostock Hall.
John Fillis, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “This is an important landmark in the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal project.
“The improvements to Chain House Lane are the first part of the scheme to be completed and are a sign to everyone of how quickly progress is being made.
“With plans to create so many extra jobs and new homes, it’s important we increase capacity on the roads and transport network.
“Although we’re looking to improve the roads for the future, people will see immediate benefits of the new junction leading to shorter journey times, less congestion and improved safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
“The A582 is one of four major highway schemes that form the backbone of City Deal. By improving the A582 at Chain House Lane, and at other junctions and sections of this road, we will reduce congestion and make it much easier for people to get around.”
Coun Margaret Smith, leader of South Ribble Council, added: “I welcome the completion of this stage of the improvements, and look forward to it making a real difference around the junction.
“South Ribble already enjoys the best job creation rates in the north west, and this investment in infrastructure will enable us to continue to support growth and innovation, which in turn will bring forward improvements in our towns and villages.”
More than £8m is being invested in improvements to the A582 this financial year.
Work has also started on the next phase of improvements to the A582 with the resurfacing of Golden Way between the Ribble Bridge and Hill Road in Penwortham.
Environmental surveys are now being carried out along the whole route, allowing the county council to start on more detailed plans for further improvements.
The aim is to upgrade the road to dual carriageway along its full length between Cuerden and Preston city centre, including the B5253 spur south to Longmeanygate in Leyland by 2018/19.