A major upgrade that will transform travel in a busy area of Lancashire reaches its biggest milestone yet this month.

The new A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool bypass in Poulton-le-Fylde, which is being built around the village of Little Singleton, opens to road users for the first time from the week commencing December 18, in a phased approach.

The National Highways scheme will reduce congestion and improve safety, while removing a major bottleneck on the main road to Fleetwood.

The improvements are designed to combat the heavy traffic that builds between Windy Harbour and Skippool during peak traffic hours.

National Highways senior project manager Tom Peckitt said: “We are delighted to be opening the bypass to road users for the first time this month. A phased approach, with traffic running single file at 30mph, allows us to safely complete work at key junctions so people can experience the benefits of the new road as soon as possible.

“In particular, this method allows us to finish the traffic islands at the new Skippool Bridge junction, which means we can avoid the need for temporary three-way lights on Mains Lane – a measure that would’ve undoubtedly caused disruption.

“I’d like to thank residents and road users for their patience while we complete the final part of this highly complex engineering project which will vastly improve journeys.”

A 30mph speed limit will be in place while engineers finish work at the Skippool, Skippool Bridge and Poulton junctions. The bypass will be fully operational later this winter, making use of all four lanes and four new junctions. National speed limit will be in place, dropping to 50mph at Poulton junction and 40mph at Skippool.

Significant progress has been made since work began in spring 2020. Earlier this year the new Lodge Lane bridge opened, restoring the connection between Little Singleton and Singleton village.

For updates on the scheme visit https://nationalhighways.co.uk/our-roads/north-west/a585-windy-harbour-to-skippool/