Lanes next to new link road construction now closed for safety

Friday, October 22, 2021

Work on the M55 to Heyhouses Link Road has progressed to the point where the existing parallel lanes to the link road needs to be completely closed for safety reasons.

Wild Lane has been closed to vehicles for a number of years, however it has continued to be used by pedestrians and cyclists.

North Houses Lane has remained fully open as far as Division Lane, but it is now necessary to fully close both North Houses Lane and Wild Lane from today (Friday 22 October).

Work is taking place as part of the overall project to improve these sections, and once the new link road is completed, they will be reopened as a shared path for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders, providing a safe route away from the new road.

Phil Whalley, principal highway engineer for Lancashire County Council, said: "We’ve kept the roads open for as long as possible as we're aware that cyclists find it a convenient route, and many people have found it a nice quiet place to park up and walk their dogs.

"As much as we'd like to keep them open, we've reached the point in construction where we need to start works on new drainage structures on the line of and near these roads, and we need to close them for safety.

"We're very grateful for people's understanding and are looking forward to the existing roads becoming a really great feature when they reopen permanently as a shared path once the link road is finished."

Construction has so far been progressing well on the M55 to Heyhouses Link Road, which is due to open in early 2024, with base foundations having been laid for more than 1.4km from the existing Whitehills roundabout to the north towards where it will eventually meet Heyhouses Lane near the Cypress Point development site.

The M55 to Heyhouses Link Road will improve access between Lytham St Annes and the M55, relieve congestion on smaller local roads, and support the commercial viability of local housing and business development sites.

Tagged as: Roads, Parking and Travel

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