Severe traffic necessary for Preston development

Traffic cones line the road, with UCLan library in the background
Adelphi roundabout roadworks, credit Oliver Portlock

Massive traffic around Preston city centre is necessary for development according to Lancashire County Council.

Overlap of major roadworks around the Adelphi Quarter and general maintenance on Strand Road are causing serious congestion in the centre.

The Western Distributor road, planned to link Preston to the M55 motorway, is aimed to reduce future congestion.

Deputy Leader of Lancashire County Council , Keith Iddon, said: “The Western Distribution road is to go in shortly which should ease congestion. 

“As time goes on and the Western distribution road comes in, congestion will be eased.”

In addition to projects in the city centre, the ongoing work in Penwortham, especially focused around Leyland Road and Liverpool Road, has led to delays in that area.

Penwortham is anticipating the opening of a new bypass in early 2020, John Horrocks Way, named after the man considered to be the founding father of the town.

Councillor Iddon said: “I do appreciate there is a lot of traffic and stress caused. But we do work with all the partners involved to try to ensure the impacts of roadworks are minimal.”

Works across the next two years on the Adelphi Quarter are part of the UCLan masterplan designed to improve the campus and public areas.

Addressing the overlap of projects, Councillor Iddon said: “If you go into big cities like Manchester, there are big and constant changes which aim to meet modern demands.

“We want Preston to go in the same direction and to do this it needs to modernise its roads.”

Interactive map of roadworks planned 2019-2023