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Improvement work has restarted along the A582 at the Pope Lane roundabout in South Ribble.

Work to convert the existing roundabout into a traffic signal-controlled ‘crossroad’ junction had to be stopped recently due to a technical issue. This has now been resolved and the improvements have now restarted.

This work will provide additional lanes on each of the four approaches, creating extra capacity to improve traffic flow. It will also create new safer crossings for cyclists and pedestrians.

Following this slight delay, the project is now expected to be completed later this year.

The project is part of plans to widen the entire length of the A582, from the end of the M65 across South Ribble towards Preston.

Phill Wilson, project manager for the City Deal Infrastructure Delivery Team, said: “We had a short hold-up to the plans, due to an unforeseen issue, but our engineers have looked into it and found a solution. We’re pleased to have sorted this and look forward to the work starting again soon.

“We’ll do all we can to minimize the disruption from these improvements. People will need to allow extra travel time in this area while this work is carried out.

“The A582 has suffered from significant congestion at peak times, so our aim is to increase road capacity and reduce congestion.

“We’re improving the road network through our City Deal, which provides extra capacity and helps people to get around the area. We’re also working hard to unlock the economic potential of the area by creating new commercial opportunities, which will provide new jobs and growth.”

Over the past two years, the county council has been making improvements to add capacity to the A582 and reduce delays on this key route in and out of Preston. This has already led to improvements along the A582 including the Broad Oak roundabout, close to Booths supermarket. A section from Broad Oak has already been upgraded and other roundabouts have been widened.

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

To find out more visit www.lancashirelep.co.uk/city-deal, email citydeal@lancashire.gov.uk or call 0300 123 6780.

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