Details of the start of a key phase of its Masterplan highways scheme have been confirmed by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), working in partnership with Lancashire County Council and contract partner Balfour Beatty.
The next nine-month phase begins on Monday, 25 November when a new, two-way stretch of highway will open, directly linking Fylde Road with Corporation Street.
Once the new road has opened, Adelphi Street will close temporarily from the Adelphi Roundabout to St Peter’s Street. Newly constructed parking bays on St Peter’s Street will maintain access for customers using Adelphi Street businesses, all of which will remain open during these works.
Friargate will close at its junction with Hope Street but access to businesses for deliveries will be maintained through a two-way loop on Friargate. For other motorists, all roads will remain open as normal unless otherwise stated.
Hope Street car park will remain open during the works, with access from Corporation Street.
Traffic restrictions will also be in place on Moor Lane and Walker Street with no access from these routes through the Adelphi Roundabout, but vehicle access for residents and businesses in Moor Lane and Walker Street will remain open.
Alternative routes will be available around the Adelphi roundabout for cyclists, pedestrians and residents wanting to access Adelphi Street, Friargate, Moor Lane and Walker Street. Where relevant, cyclists should dismount and follow pedestrian routes. Businesses on all affected roads will remain open as usual with full pedestrian access available.
Michael Ahern, UCLan’s Chief Information and Infrastructure Officer, said: “We are on schedule to complete the first stage of the highways work as planned and we are doing everything we can to highlight the changes to the road layout around the Adelphi roundabout during the next important stage which will commence on 25 November. We really appreciate the patience of everyone so far and look forward to the near future when our £60million Student Centre rises about the skyline and the new civic square comes to life.
“As this next, important phase progresses we aim to minimise disruption as far as possible. By working with our partners we will share and communicate information updates with the public as soon as possible.”
To help with any queries from members of the public, an information drop-in is now available at the Balfour Beatty on-site base in Cold Bath Street adjacent to the Media Factory each Tuesday from 9am until 6.30pm. The University would like to remind motorists that at weekends UCLan car parks are available and free for general public use.
To keep informed of any travel updates and for more detail about the new highways scheme, visit www.uclanmasterplan.co.uk or you can follow @uclanmasterplan on Twitter. Alternatively you can email the Masterplan team at firstname.lastname@example.org