A585 Windy Harbour to SkippoolRecently updated

Proposals to bypass the existing A585 at Little Singleton

Region:  North West
Start date:  TBC
Cost:  TBC
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC

Progress report

Our consultation on proposals to improve the A585 between Windy Harbour and Skippool has now closed. Held between 21 March and 8 May 2018, the consultation gave everyone the chance to express their views on the design of the proposed scheme – thank you if you gave up your time to contribute.

What next?

We're now reviewing all the suggestions and comments you gave us. We'll take time to analyse all responses and, where appropriate, we’ll use feedback to make further refinements to our proposed design and development of mitigation measures. We'll then publish a consultation report. This will have a summary of responses and will describe how our proposals have been informed by and influenced by them.

This will form part of our planning application and will be available to the public following submission of the application. We expect to submit our planning application by October 2018.


Date Event
Sept/Oct 2016 Public consultation - view consultation report
October 2017 Preferred route announcement
21 March to 8 May 2018 Public consultation
Autumn 2018 Submit application to Planning Inspectorate
2020/21 Scheme starts on site

Why we need this scheme

The A585 is the main road in and out of Fleetwood and surrounding areas. It is heavily congested between Windy Harbour and Skippool and drivers currently suffer from significant delays 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 is likely there will be a rise in traffic levels and the potential for the number of accidents, and delays to journey times, to increase.


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

Further information

The guides below outline the procedures we follow when delivering large road schemes and how compensation can be claimed for the affects on residential, agricultural and other property from the use of new roads or alterations to existing roads operated by Highways England.

If you have any questions or you would like to discuss your particular circumstances please contact the project team at A585WindyHarbourToSkippool@highwaysengland.co.uk or call 0300 470 2700.

Environment impact

Over the coming months we and our suppliers will be increasing our understanding and collecting additional information about the area. In particular you are likely to see people collecting environmental information to establish the potential impacts of the development.

The land surrounding the A585 has importance for migrating birds such as pink footed geese and this will be one of the focuses for assessment. If you are a landowner you may be asked to allow access to the people carrying out these surveys. Thank you for your help.

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