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A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool: Opening date of new £150 million bypass delayed to winter 2023



The opening date of the new £150m A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool bypass has been delayed.


National Highways bosses have confirmed the A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool bypass project won't be completed by this summer.

The £150 million project has been hit by 'delays caused by challenging and complex ground conditions' between Garstang New Road and Mains Lane. It will result in the project being delayed by several months with a new completion date set for 'winter 2023'.



In a letter seen by LancsLive, senior project manager Richard Williams acknowledged the 'news will be unwelcome' and has apologised 'for any inconvenience the delay may cause'.


He said they are 'working hard to complete our work on this essential improvement project, safely and as quickly as possible'. Two extra lanes will be opened over the summer period in a bid to 'increase capacity at Skippool' and comes after motorists expressed fury over 'nightmare' traffic in the area during the Easter holidays.


The letter read: "Dear resident, I'm contacting you with an update in relation to the A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool bypass project in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire. As you may be aware, the bypass was due to be completed in summer 2023.


"Due to delays caused by challenging and complex ground conditions between Garstang New Road and Mains Lane, we are now planning to open the bypass in winter 2023. We appreciate that this news will be unwelcome and would like to apologise for any inconvenience the delay may cause.


"We're working hard to complete our work on this essential improvement project, safely and as quickly as possible.

National Highway letter to residents in the area"Why has the opening date changed? The challenging ground conditions have led to problems in protecting and diverting a major water main. "These works could not be rushed due to the risk of bursting the main, potentially leaving residents in Poulton and surrounding areas without water. As a result, we had to design and adopt a unique engineering solution to divert the main. "These unexpected works have delayed the construction of the new Poulton junction at Garstang Road East, which is a critical section to the whole route. "What are we doing to ease disruption? Over the summer period, we will be opening two extra lanes to increase capacity at Skippool, heading westbound and eastbound, that will form part of the permanent solution at the junction This will improve the flow of traffic along Mains Lane."


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