A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool

We’re proposing to build a new offline bypass around the village of Little Singleton, to reduce congestion, improve safety, reduce the impact of traffic on the local community and remove a major bottleneck on the main road to Fleetwood.

Start date Started
End date 2023-24
Cost £150 million

Latest updates

  • 19 August 2020

    Now and next

    The ground investigation work is well underway. From 24 August, for around five weeks, CCTV drainage surveys will take place at various locations, including Skippool junction, Shard Road, and Windy Harbour junction. These surveys help us to understand the types and properties of the ground before we start the main construction work later in the year. For safety, during off-peak hours only, lane closures or temporary traffic lights will be in place.

    From mid-August to October, we’ll be constructing the entrance to our site compound on Garstang Road East. This will include the installation of two temporary traffic islands at either side of the entrance. A reduced speed limit of 30mph will be in place and access will be maintained at all times. Once the entrance way is complete, work to create the site compound will begin. We plan to hold some information events later this year. We’ll send out further details as soon as they’re available.

  • 07 May 2020

    Investigation works

    We'll be undertaking investigation works to assess ground conditions over the coming months, as well as additional archaeological works. There are also works ongoing to create accesses to some of the plots of land needed to undertake these works. We will continue to keep you updated as the programme of work develops and you can expect to see more activity this summer.

    A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool flythrough


  • 07 May 2020

    Development Consent Order

    The scheme’s Development Consent Order was approved by the Secretary of State on the 9th April 2020, enabling the project to proceed. You can find out more on the Planning Inspectorate's website.

    The construction of the project, which will help to reduce journey times, improve safety for road users and support economic growth in both Wyre and Fylde, has now begun. In addition to this, the site compound will also be set up. This will be off-network and will create very little disruption to the local community.

    We have revised our methods of working to ensure we adhere to the government’s COVID-19 guidelines.

    View our May 2020 project newsletter.

Project information


The A585 is the main road in and out of Fleetwood and surrounding areas. It's heavily congested between Windy Harbour and Skippool and drivers currently suffer from significant delays during peak periods. The road also has a poor safety record.

Congestion is particularly severe at the junction with the A586 at Little Singleton and the signalised junction with the A588 at Shard Road. A high number of accidents are reported at these junctions and the volume of traffic is also a concern for local people, pedestrians, equestrians and cyclists.

If we don’t make improvements to this three-mile section of road, it's likely there will be a rise in traffic levels and an increase in the number of accidents and delays to journey times.


We aim to improve:

  • Reliability: by reducing congestion, especially around Little Singleton, Shard Road and Skippool junctions, which will improve journey times
  • Socio-economic: by supporting the economic growth potential in both Wyre and Fylde and supporting planned residential developments in the local area
  • Safety: by improving the safety of pedestrians, equestrians and cyclists around the existing A585


Traffic information

Information about scheduled roadworks and events on our motorways and major roads.

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