Contract out for Preston link roads

A £110m contract is out for tender to deliver four miles of road linking Preston and Southern Fylde to the M55, as well as connecting new and existing housing areas in North West Preston is out for tender.

Lancashire County Council is looking for a contractor for the Preston Western Distributor dual carriageway, and associated link roads to connect future housing and business sites.

The distributor will support planned housing in North West Preston, improve access to the new Enterprise Zone in Warton, and provide an option to avoid peak hour congestion in the city centre.

The road is a key element of plans to support new development and economic growth outlined in Lancashire County Council’s highways and transport masterplan for the area, and one of four major highway schemes to receive funding under the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire city deal.

Alongside the distributor project, a new east-west link road will connect through traffic to the dual carriageway to avoid already congested routes.

Planners are due to produce a planning application for the routes by the end of 2015, with work scheduled to start on the east-west link in 2016 and on the Preston Western Distributor and Cottam Link Road in 2018.

The deadline for receipt of tenders is 22 September at 10am.

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