Robertson Group and the Tom Barron Pension Fund have submitted a development consent order for Preston’s £190m Western Distributor link road directly to the Secretary of State after discussions with Lancashire County Council broke down.
Lancashire County Council is set to sign off an updated planning application for a £190m road linking the A583 with Cottam and the M55 with the project due to start next year subject to approval from the Secretary of State.
Network Rail has issued a reminder to rail passengers that they face changes to services between Manchester and Preston via Bolton as the transport body looks to finally complete the upgrade of the railway.
Electric trains will not run between Manchester and Bolton until May 2018 at the earliest, according to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, while Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has slammed services on the line as “completely unacceptable”.
Electrification of rail lines between Manchester and Preston has been hit by a delay, with works not due to complete until after its original end date of December 2017, according to a Greater Manchester Combined Authority report.