Major A585 junction upgrade resumes
The latest phase of Highways England’s project to transform one of the busiest junctions along the A585 in Lancashire started yesterday (Monday 13 January).
The major improvement to the five ‘arm’ roundabout at Norcross includes constructing a new roundabout island, adding traffic lights and improving crossing points for cyclists and pedestrians. The new arrangements will reduce congestion and make it safer and fairer for everyone travelling through the junction.
As part of the third phase of work which started yesterday, access to and from Norcross Lane, one of the local roads served by the roundabout, is now closed around-the-clock until Friday 21 February.
Highways England project manager Jan De Jong said:
“We would like to thank local people for their patience and support as we work to improve this important junction. The closure of Norcross Lane at the junction is the last phase of significant traffic management as the fourth and final phase of the project, throughout March, will focus on finishing the expanded roundabout island.”
As well as the closure of Norcross Lane, some overnight closures of both sections of Fleetwood Road South are continuing. The A585 will remain open to drivers at all times but with occasional temporary overnight traffic lights in place to manage traffic past the roadworks at the roundabout.
Full information on closures will be available on the project website at: www.highwaysengland.co.uk/projects/a585-norcross-roundabout
The scheme is funded from a national £220 million congestion relief programme to tackle traffic ‘hotspots’, with more than £27 million being spent in the North West. As well as the project at Norcross roundabout other work includes:
- £1 million project to improve 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 traffic lights where the A585 meets the M55 at junction 3 just outside Blackpool
- £21 million for smaller-scale improvements across the North West
Once the new Norcross roundabout has opened, work can begin on a £100 million new A585 bypass between Windy Harbour and Skippool.