Have your say on plans for bypass

Traffic at the Broughton roundabout
Traffic at the Broughton roundabout

Residents are being urged to view the latest proposals for the controversial Broughton bypass this month.

Lancashire County Council is holding three information events about the long-mooted road ahead of submitting a renewed planning application at the end of this month.

The £19m plan, to deal with congestion north of Preston, has attracted strong views on both sides, with some residents forming a group to oppose the idea.

Now locals are being encouraged to attend one of the open events, with the chance to ask officers about the project in more detail.

County Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport at LCC, said: “We need to do something about the traffic congestion in Broughton.

“It’s been an issue in the village for the last 40 years and with more than 22,000 vehicles passing through on the A6 every day, we need a bypass now more than ever.

“Building a bypass would link the M55 roundabout south of Broughton with Whittingham Lane and the A6 north of Broughton crossroads, while avoiding the main part of the village.

“Construction of the full bypass would reduce traffic travelling through the centre of Broughton on Garstang Road by between 80 and 90%.”

County Coun Fillis added there would be more consultation when the application is lodged.

He said: “People will have the chance to have their say about the bypass when the planning application has been submitted.

“The events in July are an opportunity to find out more before this process begins.”

One of the events will take place at Goosnargh Village Hall at 4pm to 8.30pm next Tuesday, July 16. The others are at Fulwood Free Methodist Church on Lightfoot Lane at 11am-8.30pm on July 17, and Gate of Bengal car park on Garstang Road from 11am-5pm on July 20.