Press release

£2.9 million A585 junction improvement to boost safety and tackle congestion

A £2.9 million Highways Agency project to boost safety and reduce congestion around key junctions along the A585 south of Fleetwood in Lancashire is underway.

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The A585 between its junctions with Bourne Way and West Drive at Thornton-Cleveleys is to be widened and both junctions will be improved.

Work on the improvements started on Monday 15 September and is due to be completed before Christmas.

Alan Shepherd, the Highways Agency’s North West regional director said,

Increasing road capacity along the A585 and improving safety and reducing congestion around these busy junctions will help support the creation of new new homes and jobs in this part of Lancashire. We are delighted the project is now underway.

As well as boosting capacity along the A585 between Bourne Way and West Drive - providing an additional lane in each direction - signalising the junction with Bourne Way will improve the safety and ease for drivers joining and leaving the A585. The West Drive crossroads is also being remodelled with improved traffic islands and pedestrian crossing facilities

The scheme was devised with local input and is being seen as aiding local hopes for an extra 600 jobs and more than 1,100 homes in the area by 2020.

The project is one of 123 in the Government’s £317 million ‘pinch-point’ initiative – a two year programme of targeted works being delivered alongside larger schemes and routine maintenance and improvements along the strategic road network.

The pinch-point programme, devised with the input of councils and local enterprise partnerships, is designed to help stimulate new development and local economic growth by improving road safety and tackling congestion bottle necks. In all, 28 projects, worth £66m, are being delivered across the North West.

Traffic management for the Bourne Way project involves some daytime lane closures in the area with temporary traffic lights in place to manage traffic using the A585 and local roads linked to it.

Overnight carriageway closures will also be taking place with clearly-signed diversions in place.

A dedicated webpage has been provided to give road users and local people updates on progress with the project. Visitors to the page can also sign up to email alerts to updates.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways Agency press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 6 October 2014