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October 2019
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Early opening for the new John Horrocks Way
in Penwortham

There'll be an early Christmas present for Penwortham as the new bypass is now scheduled to open on Monday 2 December.
 
It was originally scheduled to open in the New Year, but it will now be earlier thanks to the hard work from our team. Aside from any unforeseen circumstances, the new John Horrocks Way will open on Monday 2 December for people to use.
 
Following the opening, a section of Liverpool Road will close to motor traffic for three weeks, while the final work is carried out on the junction with the new road. This can only be done once John Horrocks Way has opened and traffic levels have reduced along Liverpool Road. Existing cycling and walking routes along the northern side of Liverpool Road (Howick Cross Lane) will remain open during this time with safe crossing provided by the new toucan crossing at Howick Primary School.
 
The work will affect anyone travelling on Liverpool Road between the new bypass and the junction with Howick Cross Lane. There'll be no access during this time onto Howick Cross Lane and Howick Moor Lane from Liverpool Road itself, with local diversions in place.
 
The recommended closure of the slip road from Liverpool Road onto the flyover will be discussed at a Cabinet meeting on 7 November.
 
This proposed slip road closure is part of a series of measures to improve the traffic flow around the area when the new road opens. The aim is to improve the traffic flow along Golden Way and along the flyover towards Preston.
 
The slip road closure will reduce the attraction for drivers travelling from other areas through Penwortham town centre to Preston, rather than along the new bypass and the A582. The aim is to reduce long-standing congestion in the centre of the town.

Read the full news release here

Progress update

Our team have been busy doing the finishing touches before John Horrocks Way opens on 2 December. Last month saw the installation of the final sections of drainage on the carriageway, this has now been completed and is ready to take away surface water from the new road.

All the new kerb lines have been laid which has made a huge visual change on site and the outline of the bypass can be seen. The first layer of stone has been laid and trimmed up to level. We're laying one more layer of stone and once this is in we can then start laying the tarmac.

New footpaths

We are currently in the process of preparing the new footpaths ready for tarmac which will be happening in November. This involves laying stone in these areas to provide a foundation for the tarmac as well as laying new tactile paving at designated crossing points. These footpaths will have tactile paving to assist the visually impaired.

Fencing complete

October saw the completion of all fencing parallel to the bypass, two types of specialist fencing have been installed. On the south side, aviary mesh fencing has been installed to protect local wildlife. Whilst on the north side, acoustic fencing has been installed to minimise the impact on nearby residents.

Goodbye to the compound

We are now decommissioning the site compound. Road users will have seen the green site offices that have been home to the construction team since March 2015. The area of the site compound will be restored to its previous condition.

More about John Horrocks Way

This will be the last update until after the opening, so please check our website and twitter @LancsCityDeal for details about ongoing works for this scheme.

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