Lancashire set to sign-off Preston gateway works

New Hall Lane in Preston will undergo £1.4m of highway improvements as part of the first phase of works funded by the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal.

The improvements to the New Hall Lane have been identified as part of the Central Lancashire Highways & Transport Masterplan.

Earlier this year, Preston City and Lancashire County Council carried out consultation with residents and businesses about the proposed developments. Taking on board the comments and suggestions received, a detailed plan is now ready to be considered by the county council.

The response to the consultation enabled the City Deal team to shape the proposed improvements to the area, both for those who live and work there and for people who use New Hall Lane as a gateway into and out of the city.

Cllr John Swindells, deputy leader of Preston City Council, said: “I would firstly like to thank those who took the time to respond to the consultation on the New Hall Lane developments. It’s very important to have this input from local people.

“Reflecting on those comments and the detailed plan for the improvements, this is a positive step forward for the area, as well as Preston as a whole. One of the main concerns about the project was parking and this has been addressed in the detailed plan. The parking provision will now almost double from that currently available.

“I would encourage local residents and business owners to attend the upcoming information events to view the detailed plans.”

The City Deal is an agreement between the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and Preston City Council, South Ribble Council and Lancashire County Council, along with central government and the Homes & Communities Agency.

The detailed plan for New Hall Lane will go for consideration to the county council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, John Fillis, on Tuesday 10 November.

The full consultation report, along with a summary, can be found on the New Hall Lane redevelopment page on Preston City Council’s website.

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