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Green light for Preston Western Distributor

lea viaduct

A major road scheme called the Preston Western Distributor has been given the green light by Lancashire County Council.

The Preston Western Distributor is a 4.3km dual carriageway linking the A583 at Lea to the M55 at Bartle with a new motorway junction.

It also includes the East West Link Road, which will be a 3.4km long single carriageway road linking Lightfoot Lane to the Preston Western Distributor, with separate foot and cycle ways along its full length.

A single carriageway road will also be created to Cottam Way.

Construction will include four bridges, two of which are viaducts – an illustration of the proposed Lea Viaduct is pictured. Two underpasses will also be constructed.

preston road map

Preston Western Distributor map

Source: Lancashire County Council

Plans to acquire the land, confirm the final budget and construction schedule are now moving forward.

It is being funded by the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal.

Cabinet member for highways and transport Keith Iddon said: “We’ve just opened the Broughton Bypass and we recently had approval for the Penwortham Bypass. We’ve now got approval for the Preston Western Distributor, which makes this a very positive time with major changes taking place on the road network across Preston and South Ribble.”


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