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A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool improvement scheme

Napthens - October 23rd 2017

There have been consultations and much preparatory work on this important scheme, which have been ongoing, on and off, for several years. We should, by late Spring 2018, know what the next stages of the consultation and decision may be. Given that this will have a real impact on road access in and out of north Fylde and also on those living in close proximity to the proposed works, this article is intended to update our clients who will be affected by it.

The A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool Improvement Scheme is still in the consultation stage, with two options being considered. During the public consultation period, 78% of the respondents indicated a preference towards Option 1, a bypass, over Option 2, alterations to the existing A585. Of the 78% who preferred Option 1, 63% indicated a preference for option 1a (a bypass with a junction at Garstang New Road east of Little Singleton) and 37% indicated a preference of option 1b (a bypass without a junction).

Please click here to view the full public consultation report.

Option 1: This will provide a bypass from the Junction of Windy Harbour running westwards to the south of Little Singleton. It will pass under Lodge Lane before heading northwards to a new junction at Garstang Road East. North of this, the bypass will run west of the existing road to join a new junction connecting with the existing road south of the bridge over Main Dyke to connect with Skippool Junction. Two variations were considered: 1a with a junction east of Little Singleton at Garstang New Road and 1b without a junction.

Option 2: This will involve improvements being made to the existing road to create a one way gyratory within and west of Little Singleton. Garstang New Road from Windy Harbour to Little Singleton will be made into a dual carriageway and a gyratory system will be created within Little Singleton to include a two lane link road heading north and a new junction at the interchange of Shard Road and Mains Lane.

Of suggestions put forward by the public during the public consultation, 3 of these are being considered further. These are:

  1. Lodge Lane land bridge: A land bridge for Option 1 which would extend 110m to the east of Lodge Lane allowing access to Singleton Hall and existing pasture land east of Lodge Lane to be reinstated. This will not have an impact on the preferred route announcement but will be considered during the development stage.
  2. Skippool Bridge Junction to Shard Road link road: A link road between the Skippool Bridge Junction and Shard Road. This is to be considered as part of the preferred option announcement.
  3. Keyworker Homes access: An alternative access road to Keyworker Homes development site (an office development) and United Utilities pumping station.

Highways England is continuing to collect and consider additional information regarding the area, in particular environmental information to establish the potential impacts of the development and will consider these in line with operational considerations such as junction layouts and social considerations to determine the preferred option. The preferred option is expected to be announced later this year, which will be followed by a further public consultation in the spring (2018).

This article contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.