Bypass plans will go before councillors

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Plans for a controversial bypass will be discussed by councillors next week.

The long-mooted Brough-ton bypass will come before Preston City Council’s planning committee on Monday .

However, although the authority is a consultee on the major scheme, the final say will fall to Lancashire County Council later in the year.

A city council spokesman said: “It’s the county council’s application. Our planning committee is being asked for its response and to agree what that is at the meeting.”

County highways chiefs say the bypass is needed to help cut congestion on main roads to the north of Preston.

On average, more than 22,000 journeys are made through the area on the A6 leading to bottlenecks.

The county council has resubmitted plans for the scheme following a series of packed meetings with residents, held to discuss the details of the project, in Broughton, Fulwood and Goosnargh last month.

However, some residents fear that the construction of a bypass would simply move congestion from one part of the area to another.

Work is also currently underway to upgrade the Broughton roundabout.