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

  • 09 November 2020

    November update and newsletter

    As we continue our work to build the new bypass, you will notice an increase in construction work in the area.

    View our latest newsletter to see information about upcoming phases of work, locations and their proposed timeframes. Most work will take place during daytime hours; however, some overnight work may also be required.

    This video also provides detail about the project, and what our plans are at each key location.

     

    Over the coming weeks, we will upload details plans for each of the key locations, which shows what the new junctions will look like.

  • 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

Overview

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

What is a compulsory purchase?

To build the bypass between Windy Harbour and Skippool, we need to compulsory purchase land for where the new road will go. The power to get this land was given to us when our Development Consent Order was approved in April 2020. Temporary access to other land is also required to allow us to carry out our construction work

Notices to land owners

We’ve issued the required notifications and legal process to the relevant land owners. We need early access to some of the land, and Notices of Intended Entry has also been issued to those landowners and occupiers. We’re now in the process of obtaining title to all land required using a General Vesting Declaration. This is a process that allows land to be directly transferred to Highways England on a set date. We then agree suitable compensation in line with the Compensation Code, which is paid to the land owner. We aim to have this process finalised by the end of February 2021.

Compensation

Most interested parties have appointed agents to act on their behalf. Regular discussions with the agents are being held, ensuring they’re kept updated on the process and finalising any details. Once we have completed the transfer of land, we can then make the initial payment to any affected parties.

If you’re one of the interested parties, you can speed up this process by ensuring your agent has submitted a claim form and a request for an advance payment. Please note that this can be submitted at any time. The initial payment will be less than the final agreed amount, unless this has already been agreed.

Notices for half-width

Notices have been sent to some properties that border the existing A585 on Mains Lane and the surrounding area, as they could be entitled to make a claim in the future.

If the highway adjacent to the property were to be removed, the landowners of nearby properties could make a claim to the land under the highway. This is referred to as the half-width as it is half the width of the road.

This is an extremely unlikely scenario which would require the road to be deemed unnecessary by a court after an application for it to be “stopped up”. We issued notices on these properties as a safeguard in case we were asked by another party to obtain the rights to ground underneath the highway.

At present we do not believe we’ll need to exercise this power. However, we retain the right to do so should it be required for the project to be completed. If we did exercise this power a nominal payment of around £50 would be due to affected properties.

View our documents for further information on compulsory purchase and how to make a claim. Alternatively, if you like to discuss this further, please contact the project team at A585WindyHarbourToSkippool@highwaysengland.co.uk.

Documents

Traffic information

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

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