£207m Preston link road opens to public
Main contractor Costain has wrapped work on the Preston Western Distributor scheme, which comprises three roads connecting the city with the M55.
Edith Rigby Way, named after the famous Preston suffragette, is the largest of the three roads and links A583 Blackpool Road with Junction Two of the M55.
The two smaller roads, William Young Way and Avice Pimblett Way, will provide links to the northwest of Preston and Cottam. These roads are named after a Victoria Cross recipient and the city’s first female mayor, respectively.
Construction on the roads began in 2019. Lancashire County Council, which is in charge of the project, hopes that the new thoroughfares will reduce congestion and support the delivery of a proposed Cottam railway station.
Funding for the £207m project came from the Department for Transport ad the Lancashire Growth Deal, which is managed by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership. Lancashire County Council, National Highways, and the Preston and Lancashire City Deal.
City Deal is an agreement between the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, Preston City Council, South Ribble Council, and Lancashire County Council – and includes a £334m infrastructure programme.
Praising the road opening, roads minister Richard Holden said: “Hundreds of thousands of Lancashire residents rely on our local road network to get around for work, education, hospital appointments and to see loved ones, whether that’s by car, bus, or cycling and walking.
“That’s why it’s fantastic to see the new Edith Rigby Way finally open thanks to this government’s £31 million investment, which will help reduce congestion, cut journey times and create new local jobs, as we continue to improve transport connections to grow the economy.”
Similarly, Lancashire County Council Leader Cllr Phillippa Williamson described the road opening as “a significant achievement in our ongoing efforts to improve connectivity and access to public transport infrastructure in Lancashire”.