Fylde MP welcomes progress on A585 relief route

The Highways Agency's plan for a Southern bypass on the A585

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has welcomed progress on a vital road linking Fylde and Wyre constituencies.

The 4.5km section of the A585 between Windy Harbour junction and Skippool junction is a severe bottle-neck, affecting people’s journeys between the M55 and the northern part of the Fylde peninsula.

Journey times and safety need improving since it’s among the worst 10 per cent of routes in the North. And capacity on the route needs significantly increasing  to support employment, economic development and growth opportunities.

Mr Menzies said:  “This investment will help significantly reduce the level of congestion on the A585, something which residents have been crying out for.

“It will also make this incredibly busy road network safer for all users.

“This scheme represents a huge investment for the area and addresses decades of neglect in the road infrastructure on the Fylde coast. It comes on the back of a £5 million funding package for the M55 to St Annes link road just last week.

“These roads will help reduce congestion and support the further economic growth of both Fylde and Wyre.

“Some 93 per cent of those who answered the consultation agreed that action had to be taken to get traffic moving along this road. And nearly eight in 10 preferred the bypass option.

“This announcement from the Highways Agency will now give residents some certainty over the proposed route.

“We must ensure we take into account this route will affect some people and ensure they are consulted throughout the remaining steps of the process.”

Consultees were given two options to look at: a new southern bypass around Little Singleton, or improvements to the existing road network. Some 78 per cent of respondents chose the former.

When asked for their feedback about a connection with Garstang New Road, 49 per cent of respondents stated they preferred a junction with the road, compared to 29 per cent who preferred Garstang New Road to be closed off.

The main aim of the scheme is to reduce congestion around Little Singleton, Shard Road and Skippool junctions, making journey times more reliable, supporting the economic growth potential in both Wyre and Fylde.

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