Penwortham bypass - John Horrocks Way


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Early opening date confirmed

John Horrocks Way, the new bypass is now scheduled to open on Monday 2 December.

It was originally scheduled to open in the New Year, but it will now be earlier thanks to the hard work from our team. Aside from any unforeseen circumstances, the new John Horrocks Way will open on Monday 2 December for people to use.

Read the news release for the full details.

New name for bypass

John Horrocks Way is the official name for the new Penwortham Bypass, which is due to open early next year. Born in 1768, John Horrocks is one of the leading figures in Lancashire's textile revolution and owned several mills employing thousands of people.

John lived in Penwortham and represented Preston as MP. The new name was suggested by Grace Shields and Laura Gillett from Penwortham Girls High School.

It was officially announced on Wednesday 11 September at South Ribble Borough Council's Cabinet.

About the scheme

Penwortham Bypass has been talked about for over 20 years and now the funding is in place to complete it thanks to City Deal. This road will help reduce congestion through Penwortham into the city centre and create more opportunities for the village and its residents.

The route for the bypass was approved in March 2015 and since then detailed design work and further traffic modelling has been completed, taking into account comments from the public made during the consultation in late 2014.

Wider improvement works

A59 bypass plan

As the main construction of the Penwortham bypass approaches completion work has started on a series of wider improvements in Penwortham as part of the later stages of construction of the new bypass

We have now started constructing a new road layout on Liverpool Road, at the junction with Leyland Road, adding capacity towards Golden Way (A582).  

At present the junction has two lanes for motorists travelling towards Penwortham and one for the roundabout leading to Golden Way.  This will be changed to two lanes leading to Golden Way and one to Penwortham, in anticipation of future changes to traffic patterns in the area once the new bypass opens.

Two lanes will be introduced at the Leyland Road roundabout for vehicles arriving from Liverpool Road, with dedicated lanes for Leyland Road and the bypass.

Other improvements will see a new segregated cycle facility between Penwortham Brow and Fishergate Hill, to provide better alternatives to the car and more options for active travel. The pavement will also be widened.

The aim is to provide more capacity around this junction on Liverpool Road to coincide with the opening of the bypass. This will help to encourage through traffic to use the new bypass when it opens, rather than going through the centre of the town.

Plans to close the A59 slip road onto the flyover are currently being carefully considered in order followed by feedback from residents and businesses. This is an important issue for the local area and a decision will be made in the coming months.

Full details can be found in our news release: News release: Work begins on improvements in Penwortham

Benefits of the scheme

The new road will improve access from the A59 to the motorway network on a purpose built road that does not pass through Penwortham or the city centre. It will reduce congestion in Penwortham and enable us to make improvements so we can encourage more walking and cycling and prioritise buses along the A59.

When and where this is happening

Work started on the new bypass in January 2018 and is scheduled to be completed early 2020. 

The bypass will run along the south western side of Penwortham between the A59 Liverpool Road and A582, connecting to the existing Broad Oak roundabout. The road has been designed as a dual carriageway, with a 50mph speed limit along its whole length.

It will begin with a new signalised junction on the A59, between Howick CE Primary School and Blackhurst Cottages and a new dual carriageway will extend south eastwards between Howick Moor Lane and Mill Brook. The route will then turn eastwards to connect to the existing Broad Oak roundabout which will be signalised.

Previous proposals suggested a new traffic signal-controlled roundabout connecting the new bypass with the A59 at Howick. However, detailed analysis has shown that a simpler traffic signal-controlled junction will make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to negotiate the junction, and better promote the bypass as the preferred through-route. This design will also reduce the amount of land needed in this area.

At the new road's junction at Broad Oak roundabout, the number of exit lanes will be increased leaving the roundabout onto Golden Way heading towards Preston. This will help current traffic flow through the junction, while also planning for additional traffic in the future.

Work started - January 2018

Construction of the £17.5m Penwortham Bypass officially started following a ground-breaking ceremony on Tuesday 9 January 2018. 

County Councillor Geoff Driver CBE, leader of Lancashire County Council put the first spade in the ground to mark the start of construction, which is expected to take around two years. Most of the work will take place off the existing highway network.

Jim Carter, Chair of the City Deal, said: "We'll continue working hard to bring even more improvements in the future, with the key aims of helping people to get around, transforming the area and bringing in new jobs and economic growth."

Fly over of the route

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.


We held a six week public consultation from Monday 6 June until Friday 15 July 2016. Members of the public had the opportunity to give their views on the improvements that will be introduced along the A59 and in Penwortham town centre, once the bypass has opened.

People were 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.

You can view the information shared during the consultation below: