Concern over ‘half a bypass’ plans

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Plans to build the long-awaited Broughton Bypass in two halves have been slammed by a city councillor.

As the £19m ring road cleared an important first hurdle by winning the full support of Preston’s planning committee yesterday, Coun David Hammond urged Lancashire County Council to complete the road in one go, not two stages as proposed.

“After waiting 50 years for a bypass, the people of Broughton deserve a bypass,” he said. “But what are we getting? Half a bypass.

“Pressure must be put on the county council to give us a whole bypass as soon as possible, so it’s done and dusted.

“I can see us waiting another 50 years to get it completed if we carry on like this.”

County highways chiefs only have funding in place for the northern section of the road, linking the A6 north of Broughton with Whittingham Lane to the east.

Preston, which has to be consulted on plans by law, said the first phase will be ready by 2015. But the southern section, from Whittingham Lane round the back of the village’s parish church and primary school and down to the M55 roundabout, is not expected to be built until 2018/19 as the cash has not yet been set aside.