Lancashire County Council has awarded a £110m contract for the planned Preston Western Distributor and associated Link Roads to leading engineering solutions provider, Costain.
The scheme will link the A583/A584 to a new junction on the M55 via a 4km dual carriageway, with additional link roads to new housing areas in Cottam and North West Preston.
Costain has built strong relationships in the area with the contract award following on from their work constructing the £124.5m Heysham to M6 Link Road, which began in January 2014.
A video guide to the proposed route:
Andrew Wyllie CBE, chief executive of Costain, said: ‘We are delighted to have been awarded this ECI contract which further underlines our position as a market leader in the delivery of critical highways schemes which support regional economic growth.’
The new contract includes helping deliver the Preston scheme through planning and design development prior to project delivery. Initial work on the scheme will start immediately, with major work taking place from 2017 to 2019.
The county council is holding a pre-planning application consultation on the preferred route for the new road. The consultation closes on Friday 12 February 2016.
Preston Western Distributor Funding:
Total cost: £105 -£110m
Lancashire Growth Deal: £58.1m
Highways England: £25m-£30m
Developer contributions: £16.4m - £21.4m.