A585 works cause mayhem once again

Commuters are facing big disruptions after four-way signals were installed on Fleetwood’s main link to the M55.

The signals, at the Windy Harbour junction on the A585, were put in place on Saturday and are set to stay for the rest of March.

Roadworks on the A585 are causing tailbacks once again

Roadworks on the A585 are causing tailbacks once again

Coun Maxine Chew, councillor for Singleton and Greenhalgh, believes the disruption will swamp surrounding villages as people try to avoid the roadworks.

She said: “The work means that more and more people are starting to travel through small villages like Singleton which cannot handle the high volume of traffic.

“The Highways Agency tell you to find an alternative route but there is no other way to get to northern parts of Fylde and Fleetwood.”

Coun Chew says residents have already started to react angrily to the disruption.

From Monday March 9, a four-way traffic signal system will be used around the clock with single file traffic through the junction

She added: “One of my residents has rung me going ballistic about being held up for a considerable amount of time at the junction.

“People are having to leave half an hour earlier than they need to, to get their children to school on time or to make any appointments.

A spokesman for the Highways Agency said: “From Monday March 9, a four-way traffic signal system will be used around the clock with single file traffic through the junction.

“To minimise needless queuing at the lights, the lights will be operated manually between 6am and 8pm each day.

“The project is one of 123 in the Government’s £317m ‘pinch-point’ initiative – a two year programme of targeted works being delivered alongside larger schemes and routine maintenance and improvements along the strategic road network.”

Coun Maxine Chew has described the site as something like a “bomb site”.

She said: “There are no trees, no hedges or plants at the site due to the road being widened to such a degree.

“I’d put my neck on the line and say the road is now as wide as the M55.

“The construction area looks really grim, I will be insisting that they replant the trees and hedges once work has been completed.”