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The latest stages of work to improve journey times and boost capacity along a major route in South Ribble will take place during September.

Lancashire County Council has announced that work will start shortly to expand the Flensburg Way roundabout, work is nearing completion at the Stanifield Lane roundabout and road markings are being put down near the Penwortham flyover.

The work at the Flensburg Way roundabout will create extra lanes and new traffic lights will be installed to handle the increased levels of traffic.

The roundabout at the junction of Flensburg Way and the A582 Penwortham Way is next to Lancashire County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centre and is best known for the Centurion Tank parked next to it.

Construction will start on the site compound in mid September.

The county council is currently working to add capacity to the A582 and reduce delays on this key route through South Ribble, between Preston and the M65.

The upgrading of the A582 is one of the four major road schemes included in the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal.

The City Deal was officially launched in June last year by Lord Heseltine, following agreement between the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Preston City Council, South Ribble Borough Council and Lancashire County Council, along with central government and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Phill Wilson, project manager for City Deal, said: “The work on the roundabout will improve the flow of traffic, and the new crossing facilities and cycleway will make it safer and easier to use for cyclists and pedestrians. 

“The Centurion Tank will remain beside the roundabout, acting as a useful landmark for motorists, but it will moved to accommodate the new layout. 

“We ask people to bear with us while this work takes place along various sections of the A582. Once they’re completed it will make it quicker and easier for people to travel around the area.” 

As part of the roundabout work, an access road will be constructed before house building starts on a site to the west of Croston Road and north of Bannister Lane. This will reduce the need for construction traffic to use other local roads.

At the Stanifield Lane roundabout, improvement work to increase its capacity has been going well.

Overnight temporary closures will be needed in mid-September to apply an anti-skid safety coating. The work will be carried out from Sunday 13 September to Saturday 19 September, from 8pm to 5am.

During this time, there will be a need for full closures on:

  • Lostock Lane westbound, between London Way and Stanifield Lane
  • Farington Road westbound to the junction with Sherdley Road
  • Stanifield Lane from Stoney Lane to the junction with Lostock Lane
  • Watkin Lane from Lostock bridge (over the river) to the junction with Lostock Lane

Phill said: “The improvement work at the Stanifield Lane roundabout is nearly finished, so we’ll need a series of night-time closures to apply the anti-skid surface. 

“Depending on the sequencing and progress of the work, it may be possible to lift the closure at certain times.” 

“The rest of the work has been progressing well and we’re expecting that the improvements at the roundabout will be completed by the end of September.” 

As well as work on the roundabouts, the temporary road markings on the slip road from Liverpool Road to Golden Way will be made permanent.

A temporary traffic management system is currently in place on the slip road from the A59 Liverpool Road onto the A59 Golden Way, and the lane on Liverpool Road leading to the slip road.

The temporary signs and cones will be replaced with new road markings and new signs, which will involve night-time closures on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 September from 8pm to 5am.

Phill added: “We adjusted the road layout in this area following feedback from people. 

“This work is scheduled for just two nights, during the evening and night-time, when traffic levels will be lower. Diversion routes will be signed for all traffic.” 

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