New road means Broughton drainage works can begin

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Lancashire County Council is to begin major drainage works on the A6 Garstang Road just south of Broughton village.

The rerouting of traffic made possible by the newly opened James Towers Way, as the Broughton Bypass is now called, means that Garstang Road can now be closed to allow long-awaited repairs to a culvert beneath the road to take place.

Garstang Road is due to be closed from Monday 9 October to Friday 10 November south of its junction with Woodplumpton Lane near to Broughton police station.

County Councillor Keith Iddon, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "There have been occurrences of flooding on the A6 at Broughton in the past and whilst the county council has carried out some work previously to alleviate the problem, investigations have indicated that improvements to the drainage system are needed. This can only be achieved by closing Garstang Road.

"The work will involve deep excavations to access and repair the culvert.

"This would have been extremely disruptive in the past due to the very high levels of traffic through Broughton, which is why we have delayed it until next week, with the new bypass now being open, and far lower levels of traffic through the village meaning we can get on and do it. We're keen to do this work as soon as possible to relieve the flooding problems for people in this area before winter when the risk of flooding increases.

"There will of course be some disruption to local traffic needing to access Broughton village and surrounding properties, and we're sorry for any inconvenience this work will cause, however we hope the new bypass will make the necessary diversion fairly short and straightforward."

A signed diversion will be in place via Whittingham Lane and James Towers Way (Broughton Bypass). Bus users are asked to check any changes to stops and routes with operators.

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