Broughton Bypass finally opens after a 40 year wait

The Broughton bypass in Preston has finally been opened to the public.

It has been designed to help with congestion and exhaust pollution which have affected the village of Broughton for decades.

The first section of the bypass closest to the M55 opened at around 11:30 and the remaining sections were opened in stages.

Nearly 22,000 vehicles pass through the village every day. The bypass will ensure that 90% of that traffic will avoid the village.

The plans were finally agreed by the Preston council in July 2013 to fund the relief road that has been talked about for almost 40 years.

The bypass has been named ‘James Towers Way ‘after a local war hero that was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in the First World War.