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The route has now been confirmed for a major new road linking Preston and southern Fylde to the M55.

Lancashire County Council held a six-week consultation during the summer on its preferred route for a 4km-long dual carriageway known as the Preston Western Distributor (PWD), and associated link roads which support future housing and business sites.

The road will support planned housing in north-west Preston, improve access to the new Enterprise Zone in Warton, and provide an option to avoid peak hour congestion in the city centre. With the routes approved, Lancashire County Council can now draw up a more detailed design and planners will now work to produce a planning application for the routes by the end of 2015, with work scheduled to start on the East-West Link Road in 2016 and on the PWD and Cottam Link Road in 2018.

Good progress is also being made to upgrade the A582 in South Ribble to a dual carriageway by 2018/19.  Work on the Chain House Lane junction to prepare it for the eventual road-widening has now finished and the road-widening on Golden Way near the Oaks Wood roundabout (just before the flyover) is making great progress.

These roads are a crucial part of the infrastructure needed to deliver new housing and economic growth across the City Deal area.

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