Milestone for £100 million A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool project
Drivers and residents in west Lancashire are being urged to get involved in a public consultation over plans to replace a section of the A585 at Poulton-le-Fylde with a brand new, £100 million bypass.
Plans for the new dual carriageway were unveiled in October – after a consultation on several options – as part of the Government’s £15 billion investment in the strategic road investment. The project is now moving into a statutory phase with a 7-week consultation on the details of the preferred bypass option starting next Wednesday (21 March) and running until Thursday 8 May.
During the options consultation in 2016, 78 percent of people responding, and both Fylde and Wyre councils, backed a bypass over improving the existing single carriageway road. Since October, Highways England has done further work on the bypass design and has now discounted ideas for a new Shard Road link at Skippool Bridge and a junction on the new bypass at Grange with Garstang New Road.
Highways England project manager David Hopkin said:
“We’ve decided against a new Shard Road link for environmental reasons – including increased noise – and we’ve ruled out the junction idea at Grange as it would provide ‘rat run’ access to the old section of the A585 and needlessly interrupt the flow of traffic on the new dual carriageway.
“Over the next few weeks we’re really keen to hear people’s views on the A585 plans as this is the design we’re aiming to deliver – with construction hopefully starting before April 2020.”
The 2.7 mile Windy Harbour to Skippool section is one of the busiest and most congested along the 11.5 mile road which links Fleetwood to the M55. The Shard and Little Singleton junctions are particular congestion bottlenecks.
The new road will provide better journey times on the A585 between Windy Harbour and Skippool junctions, make the route safer for all road users and improve access for local road users, pedestrians and cyclists.
The proposal involves running a new dual carriageway south of the current road. The bypass will then be ‘bookended’ by short, and newly-dualled, sections of the existing A585 at Mains Lane at Skippool and Garstang Road at Windy Harbour. The bypass itself will feature just 1 junction – a roundabout with the A586 at Poulton.
Highways England will need to secure a development consent order (DCO) to enable it to deliver the new road. To help Highways England prepare its DCO to the planning authorities, statutory consultation events are being staged during March and April including:
Singleton Village Hall, Station Road, Singleton FY6 8LL, on Friday 23 March, 2pm-8pm
Singleton Village Hall on Saturday 7 April, 10am-4pm
Wyre Civic Centre, Breck Road, Poulton-le-Fylde FY6 7PU, on Tuesday 10 April, 3pm-8pm
Fleetwood Nautical Campus, Broadwater, Fleetwood, FY7 8JZ on Wednesday 11 April, 1pm-7pm
As well as the public exhibitions, paper response forms and consultation brochures will be available at locations open to the public from Wednesday and can be handed in at these events or sent to the freepost address provided on the form.
Further information about the venues for the events, scheme proposals and details of the deposit locations, which include some local post offices and libraries, can be found on the scheme website.
Further information about the proposals and full details of the deposit locations, which include some local post offices and libraries, are available at: www.highways.gov.uk/a585windyharbour-skippool
Anyone who wants more information or to give their views on the scheme can also email the project team at: A585WindyHarbourToSkippool@highwaysengland.co.uk or call 0300 123 5000, the Highways England’s customer care centre.