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New Cawsey link road finally has an opening date after severe delays

Written by on June 2, 2020

A new road in South Ribble will be able to open soon with the final stage of work on a scheme to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists now underway, the council has confirmed.

The road which will connect Carrwood Road in Walton-le Dale to The Cawsey in Penwortham, and was a requirement of the permission for the overall development, is yet to open to traffic – more than a year after it was due to do so. 

The most recent delay followed calls for safety improvements to be made on the Carrwood Road side of the connection.

The road is part of a development by Morris Homes, which is building 280 new homes in the area.

As well as providing access to new housing, the road will aims to help to ease congestion in the area and Lancashire County Council has been working with Morris Homes to adopt the road following its construction so that it can be maintained by the council in future.

The final piece of work needed before the road can open is the construction of a Toucan crossing on Carrwood Road where it meets a path leading from the Old Tram Road pedestrian/cycle route.

Consultation on the scheme took place at the end of last year, and construction of the crossing started this week (June 1). The work is expected to take around 4 to 6 weeks, allowing the link road to be opened during July.

A range of highway work has recently resumed following a period where only safety-critical tasks were being carried out to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

County Councillor Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We had a number of additional tasks to carry out once the developer had constructed the new link road to calm traffic speeds, and ensure safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

“There will be more traffic using Carrwood Road once the link road opens, and we took on board the concerns of local residents that the safety measures should be completed before it opens.

“I’m glad that we’re now underway with the Toucan crossing and look forward to being able to open the new link road in a few weeks’ time.”

The county council has already widened and extended footways to cover the full length of Carrwood Road to improve safety for pedestrians.