In March 2015, the decision has been taken by County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, and County Councillor Marcus Johnstone, cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, to adopt and protect a route for the completion of the Penwortham bypass. Completing 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 route will along the south western side of Penwortham between the A59 Liverpool Road and A582, forming a junction with Broad Oak roundabout. The road has been designed as a dual carriageway, with a 50mph speed limit along its whole length.
Once the bypass has opened, work will begin to improve the public realm through Penwortham, as well as measures to promote walking and cycling in the town centre. It will also provide opportunities to introduce bus priority measures along the A59, from Hutton into the city centre.
As part of the scheme, the number of exit lanes will be increased leaving Broad Oak roundabout onto the A582 Golden Way, heading towards Preston. This will help current traffic flow through the junction, while also planning for additional traffic levels in the future.
Discussions are well underway to acquire the land needed for the bypass.
The construction of the £17.5m bypass has been made possible by funding from the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal. The City Deal is a £434 million ten-year project for Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire, delivering substantial new roads and other transport and infrastructure improvements.
Agreed with Preston City Council, South Ribble Borough Council and Lancashire County Council, along with central government, the City Deal will bring economic growth and new development to the area over the next decade. This includes creating more than 20,000 new jobs and the building of over 17,000 new homes.
People can give their views on the latest plans for the proposed bypass, before the planning application is submitted later this year.
A six week public consultation starts on Monday 6 June and runs until Friday 15 July. Members of the public can give their views on the improvements that will be introduced along the A59 and in Penwortham town centre, once the bypass has opened.
People will be able to see some early ideas for improving the public realm in the centre of Penwortham, including opportunities to give more space and priority to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users, as well as ways to tackle local parking issues.
The public events will be at St Mary's Church Hall in Penwortham from 10am to 8pm on:
View the information that will be shared at the consultation events below:
You can also have your say online.
Key changes were made to the plans in March this year, including the introduction of a traffic signal-controlled junction with the A59 at Howick, replacing the proposed roundabout. The changes have been made in response to a number of comments from residents during the previous consultation, as well as further traffic modelling for the new road.
Detailed technical analysis showed that this simpler traffic signal-controlled junction will make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to negotiate the junction, while also promoting the bypass as the preferred through-route. This design will also reduce the amount of land needed in this area.