Preston Western Distributor and East-West Link Road

What is happening and why?

We are building a major new road - the Preston Western Distributor, which will link Preston and southern Fylde to the M55 motorway. The scheme also includes two new roads connecting to new and existing housing areas of North West Preston and Cottam and is the biggest new road programme in the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal.

These new roads will help to promote new housing and business development in the area, while increasing capacity on the existing local road network. The East-West Link Road and Cottam Link Road will provide convenient access for local and through traffic to use the PWD, avoiding already congested local routes.

The Preston Western Distributor scheme has received full planning approval in November 2018. In March 2109 The Secretary of State for Transport confirmed the Compulsory Purchase and other legal Orders necessary to enable the roads to be constructed. The land necessary for the road can now be assembled. It is anticipated that construction work will start towards the end of 2019, with these new roads expected to open in early 2023. 


View the fly through of the route for the Preston Western Distributor.

What are the benefits?

This road enables the comprehensive development of the North West Preston strategic housing location which will accommodate over 5,500 new homes. It will also provide an option to avoid peak hour congestion in the city centre and improve access to the BAE Systems site at Warton and the associated Lancashire Enterprise Zone

The vast majority of the land affected by the scheme is farm land or used for equestrian purposes and therefore no residential properties are taken with a single business requiring the agreed relocation of some buildings.

About the Preston Western Distributor

  • 2.5 mile long dual carriageway, national speed limit (70mph), with an off highway shared cycleway and footway.
  • New junction at A583/A5085 Blackpool Road/Riversway (which would allow for a future road link across the River Ribble).
  • A new roundabout junction to link to Cottam Way to a potential new Cottam Parkway rail station.
  • A second new roundabout serving the North West Preston development area by means of the East West Link Road and the existing local highway network by means of Lea Lane and Sidgreaves Lane.
  • Bridged by Bartle Lane and connects to the motorway network with a new Junction 2 on the M55 with minimal disturbance to the Bartle Wetland Biological Heritage Site.

East-West Link Road

  • 2 mile long single carriageway, varying speed limit between 20-40mph with a shared use cycleway and footway.
  • New roundabout junction on Lightfoot Lane approximately 400 metres west of the Wychnor junction.
  • Forms a junction with Tabley Lane which avoids all residential properties.
  • Creates a new junction on Sandy Lane which it crosses.
  • Joins the new roundabout on Preston Western Distributor at the junction of Lea Lane and Sidgreaves Lane.

Cottam Link Road

  • Forms a short section, 0.4 mile long single carriageway linking Preston Western Distributor and Cottam Way.
  • Provides access to the possible location for a potential new Cottam Parkway rail station.
  • Avoids the loss of existing properties and removes passing traffic from the junction, and immediate vicinity of Lea Endowed CE Primary School at Sidgreaves Lane and Lea Lane.

More information

Preston Western Distributor, East-West Link and Cottam Link roads scheme consultation