Broughton’s long-awaited bypass has come a step closer with the announcement of the contractor for the project.
German construction firm Hochtief, which has worked on major road projects in Kent, Reading and Scotland, is due to start work by the end of this year. The £24m bypass is due to be finished by spring 2017.
It is hoped that the bypass will reduce traffic going through Broughton on Garstang Road by up to 90 per cent.
Coun Jennifer Mein, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “This is an important step in the construction of this bypass that will help to improve travel times along the A6, while cutting congestion and pollution in the centre of Broughton.
“The county council is currently working with the contractor to develop a detailed schedule for the work, which will be shared with the local community and other people who use this crucial stretch of the transport network.”
Sally Cox, managing director, from Hochtief (UK) Construction Limited said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the A6 Broughton Bypass project. Our team is eager to get started and make the delivery of this scheme a complete success for the community in Broughton.”
The permission also includes a scheme of complementary work, with £1m earmarked to fund improvements in the village and locally along the A6 corridor and Guild Wheel. Villagers have been calling for a bypass for decades, as traffic congestion has become more and more of a problem.
Heavy lorries are also an issue for the village.