A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool

Proposals to bypass the existing A585 at Little Singleton

Region:  North West
Start date:  Spring 2020
Cost:  £150 million
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  Summer 2023
Programme:  

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Progress report

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.

What's next?

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.

Timeline

Date Event
September/October 2016 Public consultation - view consultation report
October 2017 Preferred route announcement
2018 Public consultation
Autumn 2018 Application submitted to the Planning Inspectorate
March 2020 Public information exhibitions
Spring 2020 Scheme starts on site

Why we need this scheme

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're therefore proposing to build a new offline bypass of the village of Little Singleton, reducing the impact of traffic on the local community and removing a major bottleneck on the main road to Fleetwood.

Aims

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 effects on residential, agricultural and other property from the use of new roads or alterations to existing roads operated by us.

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're 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're 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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Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

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Location : The A585 northbound between the junctions with the A588 South and the A587 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 17:00 from 26 May 2020 to 29 May 2020.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 4:02 pm
Location : The A585 southbound between the junctions with the A587 and the A588 South. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 17:00 from 26 May 2020 to 29 May 2020.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 4:02 pm
Location : The A585 northbound between the A586 Hardhorn and the junction with the A588 South. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 29 May 2020 to 16:30 on 3 June 2020.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 12:02 pm
Location : The A585 southbound between the A588 North and the junction with the A586 Hardhorn. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 29 May 2020 to 16:30 on 3 June 2020.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 12:02 pm
Location : The A585 northbound between the junctions with the A588 South and the A587 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 18:00 on 9 July 2020.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 10:02 am
Location : The A585 southbound between the junctions with the A587 and the A588 South. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 May 2020 to 30 May 2020.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 10:02 am
Location : The A585 northbound between the junctions with the A588 South and the A587 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 May 2020 to 30 May 2020.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 10:02 am
Location : The A585 southbound between the junctions with the A587 and the A588 South. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 18:00 on 9 July 2020.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 10:02 am
Location : The M55 westbound between junctions J1 and J3 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:30 on 15 May 2020 to 06:00 on 29 April 2022.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 8:52 am
Location : The M55 westbound between junctions J1 and J3 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:30 on 27 May 2020.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 8:52 am
Location : The M55 westbound between junctions J1 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:30 on 27 May 2020 to 06:00 on 28 May 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 8:52 am
Location : The M55 eastbound between junctions J3 and J1 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:00 on 15 May 2020 to 06:00 on 29 April 2022.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 8:52 am
Location : The M55 eastbound between junctions J3 and J1 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:30 on 27 May 2020.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 8:52 am
Location : The M55 eastbound between junctions J3 and J1 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:30 on 27 May 2020 to 06:00 on 28 May 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 8:52 am
Location : The M55 westbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:00 on 30 June 2020.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:37 pm
Location : The M55 westbound between junctions J1 and J3 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 12:00 on 31 March 2021.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:37 pm
Location : The A585 northbound between the A588 South and the junction with the A587 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 16:12 on 5 May 2020 to 18:00 on 9 July 2020.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:35 pm
Location : The A585 southbound between the A587 and the junction with the A588 South. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 16:12 on 5 May 2020 to 18:00 on 9 July 2020.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:35 pm

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