Dual carriageway part of the government’s £15bn Road Investment Strategy

Highways England has unveiled plans to build a new £100m bypass along the A585 near Poulton-le-Flyde in Lancashire.

This new dual carriageway – between Windy Harbour and Skippool – is part of the government’s £15bn Road Investment Strategy. The 2.7 mile section forms part of the 11.5 mile stretch of road that links Fleetwood to the M55. 

It follows last year’s consultation, in which 78% of people as well as both Flyde and Wyre councils backed the bypass option over an alternative to improve the existing single carriageway road.

Highways England project manager David Hopkin said: “It was comfortably the most popular option in a consultation in which almost everyone agreed that something needs to be done about congestion along this section of the A585.

“The new road will help secure and improve opportunities for housing and jobs in this part of Lancashire and contribute to improved connections to the whole of the motorway network.”

Work on the new road could start in early 2020 but the bypass is subject to statutory consultation.