£5 million A585 roundabout ideas unveiled
Ideas for a £5 million package of major improvements to tackle daily congestion along a section of the A585 near Fleetwood in Lancashire have been unveiled by Highways England.
The government company, responsible for operating and improving motorways and major A roads in England, is looking to improve Norcross roundabout at Thornton Cleveleys where the A585 Amounderness Way meets Norcross Lane and Fleetwood Road.
With 5 ‘arms’, the roundabout is one of the busiest junctions along the A585. Highways England wants to install traffic lights and provide extra lanes to improve journeys for commuters and others caught up in morning and evening rush hour queues.
Cyclists and pedestrians will also benefit from the improvements with enhanced facilities for travelling around the junction.
Residents and other people using the road, which links Fleetwood with the M55, can find out more about the ideas at a public information exhibition later this month – at Thornton Methodist Church on Victoria Road East on Wednesday 27 February between 1pm and 7pm.
Highways England project manager David Wild said:
“We’re listening to local people and there’s a consensus the junction needs to be improved. About 26,000 vehicles travel along this part of the A585 each day and it suffers from daily rush hour congestion and occasional shunt-style collisions in queues onto the roundabout.
“Re-modelling the layout by installing traffic lights to manage vehicles will improve traffic flows – with better journey times, reliability and safety along the A585 and the other roads the roundabout serves.
“The improvements will also help ‘future-proof’ the junction and boost the local economy in terms of accommodating extra traffic from emerging future local development proposals.”
Although details of the plan have yet to be finalised, the improvements are set to include:
- Traffic lights at the entrances onto the roundabout to make junction access fairer
- Increased capacity along the approaches to the roundabout, particularly along Amounderness Way and Fleetwood Road
- New crossings for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists on each of the approaches to the roundabout
Most of the money for the work will come from a national £220 million congestion relief programme to tackle traffic ‘hotspots’– itself part of the Government’s £15 billion, 2015 to 2020, road investment strategy. More than £27m is being spent across the North West at ‘hotspots’ with the other work including:
- A £1 million project to improvement the A595 and A66 Fitz roundabout near Cockermouth in Cumbria
- £1.6 million for widening the A595 and A66 junction at Great Clifton near Workington
- £800,000 to improve the roundabout signals where the A585 meets the M55 at junction 3 just outside Blackpool
- £21 million for smaller-scale improvements across the North West
Work to transform Norcross roundabout could start in the autumn, taking about 5 months to complete. Next year Highways England is also planning to start work on a £100 million new A585 bypass between Windy Harbour and Skippool to the south, with both schemes bringing cumulative benefits.