Details of £150m roads plan revealed
Highways England has met with suppliers to set out how more than £150m of government investment to improve the capacity and condition of roads in Lancashire and Cumbria will be delivered.The investment will see improvements and repairs along a series of motorways and major A roads between now and 2020, giving road users simpler, faster and more reliable journeys.
The work is part of the government’s Road Investment Strategy to triple levels of spending on roads by the end of the decade, which was announced last year.Transport bosses were in Penrith to spell out the details of the schemes, which includes major improvements on the M6, M55, A585, A590, A595 and A66.
A new bypass on the A585, east of Blackpool, will remove a major bottleneck on the main road to Fleetwood while a brand new junction – junction 2 – will be created along the M55, west of Preston.Department for Transport studies will also be carried out, looking at increasing capacity along the A66 and A69 in Cumbria.
Alan Shepherd, North West Regional Director at Highways England, said: “The North West’s motorways and dual carriageways form the backbone for the region’s economy and this huge investment will ensure they remain healthy for many years to come.
“It’s vital that we continue to improve the existing road network which is why we’re investing millions of pounds on resurfacing, safety barriers and other maintenance projects across the whole North West region, including Cumbria and North Lancashire.” This year alone, more than £30m will be spent across Cumbria and north Lancashire to make journeys safer and smoother, and reduce noise for residents.