Work to get underway on town Loop

(L-R) County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, with County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson, who represents central Leyland and is involved with the ongoing development of the Leyland Loop.
(L-R) County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, with County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson, who represents central Leyland and is involved with the ongoing development of the Leyland Loop.

Work will get underway this week to create new sections of the Leyland Loop.

The route will eventually link up areas of green space with improved cycling and walking facilities to create an unbroken loop around the town.

County Coun John Fillis said: “The idea of the Leyland Loop is to create better links between residential areas, local services and employment areas to make it easier for people to walk or cycle for short journeys, and for leisure. We’ve already made some improvements, with new crossings on Langdale Road and Longmeanygate and, more recently, resurfacing the popular cycle path between Dawson Lane and Old Worden Lane.

“We’ll be making further progress in the coming months. Completing the loop is a long-term project but every little section we create is worthwhile and helps to improve people’s experience of cycling and walking in Leyland.”

This week work to smooth out bumps caused by tree roots will take place on the path through Cuerden Park from Town Brow to Dawson Lane.

Summer will see the start of improvements to the junction of Slater Lane and Schleswig Way, creating a new pedestrian crossing with further crossing points at Dunkirk Lane and Leyland Lane currently being designed. Discussions are also underway with South 
Ribble Council and landowners about improving the path between Shaw Brook Road and Slater Lane, and widening the footbridge across Mill Brook. The project is being delivered as a partnership between Lancashire County Council, South Ribble Council, Chorley Council and the Cuerden Valley Park Trust.