Press release

United Utilities to start work at A585 near Poulton-le-Fylde

Drivers using the A585 around Poulton-le-Fylde in Lancashire are being reminded a United Utilities sewer improvement project, affecting the route for up to eight weeks, will start next week.

The Highways Agency, which operates the A585 between Fleetwood and the M55, has been working with United Utilities to minimise the impact on road users with an original, larger project – along Mains Lane at Little Singleton – meant to last for up to a year.

United Utilities will start daytime work on a smaller Mains Lane scheme on Monday (3 November) and it is expected to be completed before Christmas. This is a single carriageway section of the A585 and occasionally – at quieter times of the day - drivers will be held at temporary traffic signals monitored by United Utilities staff to help minimise needless queuing.

Highways Agency asset delivery manager Peter Hamer said:

This is vital work to improve the local sewer system and tackle the risk of environmental pollution but we have been talking with United Utilities for quite some time to ensure they consider and minimise the impact on road users.

The scope of the scheme has been reduced and this has resulted in less roadworks in the area but drivers should leave a little bit of extra time to complete journeys over the next few weeks if they are travelling at quieter times of the day.

United Utilities has been working hard to inform residents and road users about the work. More information is available from United Utilities directly by calling 0345 072 6101 and quoting project number NCA 80019574 or by visiting www.unitedutilities.com/mains-lane-poulton.

Drivers are also being assured that delivery of the Highways Agency’s £3 million investment in improvements to Windy Harbour crossroads elsewhere along the A585 has been timed to avoid clashing with the United Utilities work.

The Highways Agency provides live traffic information via its website, local and national radio travel bulletins, electronic road signs and mobile platforms, such as the iPhone. Local Twitter services are also available at @HAtraffic_nwest, @HAtraffic_yorks and @HAtraffic_pen9 for transpennine routes.

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.