Lancashire County Council has announced plans to invest £500,000 to improve roads, public areas, and walking and cycling facilities to complement the proposed Broughton bypass.
The bypass will result in much lower levels of traffic and pollution in Broughton village and along the A6 between the village and Broughton roundabout. Initial plans have been drawn up for traffic calming and environmental improvements to realise the benefits.
County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, has given the green light for public consultation to find out what people in the village think of the plans and invite feedback before detailed designs are produced.
He said: “One of the conditions of planning permission for the bypass is to make improvements in Broughton along the A6 to reflect the reduction in traffic levels and encourage through-traffic to use the bypass rather than go through the village.
“We’re proposing to improve the environment in Broughton village by changing the layout of the Woodplumpton Lane junction, and give more space to pedestrians and cyclists in a way that is more in keeping with a quieter village centre.
“I’d encourage everyone to have their say when the consultation takes place to help us shape the designs.”
The county council will now organise an event in the local area to encourage people to comment, and consult directly with Broughton Parish Council and Preston City Council.
Planning permission for the Broughton Bypass requires the county council to finalise a scheme for the complementary works within six months of the bypass works starting. It is therefore essential that consultations are started now to enable a suitable scheme to be agreed subject to the bypass being given the final go ahead.
The proposed £23.7m bypass would 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.
Planning permission for the bypass was renewed in November 2013, and the county council published Compulsory Purchase Orders for land needed for the scheme in 2014. An inquiry is due to be held on 14 April following objections to the CPO.