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James Towers Way, the name given to the Broughton Bypass, officially opened to vehicles earlier today (Thursday 5 October 2017).
The road has been named in honour of a local hero of World War One and recipient of the Victoria Cross (VC).
The county council was granted planning permission for a bypass extending around the east side of Broughton. The James Towers Way bypass will greatly reduce traffic in the centre of Broughton and improve journey times for motorists by creating a new route from the Broughton roundabout at Junction 1 of the M55 to the A6 north of the village.
Congestion has been an issue in Broughton village for the last 40 years, with more than 22,000 vehicles passing through on the A6 every day. The bypass has been proposed as a solution to the road safety, environmental and congestion problems in and around the village of Broughton.
This new road will support housing sites to create over 1,400 new homes, as well as enabling full development of new and future employment sites in East Preston creating over 5,000 new jobs.
Construction of the bypass will reduce traffic travelling through the centre of Broughton on Garstang Road by up to 90% and improve journey times into and out of Preston. It will also create better connectivity to the wider road network, with benefits to the development and economic growth of the local area.
The county council was initially granted planning permission for the bypass in 2001 (subject to a five year implementation period), which was renewed in July 2008. We applied for renewal of the planning permission for the bypass at the end of July 2013. A public inquiry was held in Preston in April 2015 to consider the scheme, following objections to Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) needed to construct the bypass.
In July 2015, the Secretary of State confirmed the orders giving Lancashire County Council the go ahead to buy the land needed for the scheme.
Funding for the scheme was received through the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal and construction of the Broughton Bypass began in January 2016 and is due for completion in August 2017.
The bypass will be approximately 2km long. The northern section from the A6 Garstang Road to the B5269 Whittingham Lane will have one lane in each direction. The southern section, from the B5269 Whittingham Lane to Broughton roundabout (M55 junction 1), will have two lanes either way.
Funded by the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal, the Broughton Bypass is a planned new road to help relieve congestion from the 22,000 vehicles travelling through Broughton village and along the A6 each day.
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