James Towers Way (Broughton Bypass)

What is happening and why?

The county council was granted planning permission for a bypass extending around the east side of Broughton. James Towers Way will greatly reduce traffic in the centre of Broughton and improve journey times for motorists by creating a new route from the Broughton roundabout at Junction 1 of the M55 to the A6 north of the village. 

Congestion has been an issue in Broughton village for the last 40 years, with more than 22,000 vehicles passing through on the A6 every day.  The bypass was proposed as a solution to the road safety, environmental and congestion problems in and around the village of Broughton. 

What are the benefits?

This new road will support housing sites to create over 1,400 new homes, as well as enabling full development of new and future employment sites in East Preston creating over 5,000 new jobs. 

Construction of the bypass will reduce traffic travelling through the centre of Broughton on Garstang Road by up to 90% and improve journey times into and out of Preston. It will also create better connectivity to the wider road network, with benefits to the development and economic growth of the local area. 

When is this happening?

The county council was initially granted planning permission for the bypass in 2001 (subject to a five year implementation period), which was renewed in July 2008. We applied for renewal of the planning permission for the bypass at the end of July 2013. A public inquiry was held in Preston in April 2015 to consider the scheme, following objections to Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) needed to construct the bypass. 

In July 2015, the Secretary of State confirmed the orders giving Lancashire County Council the go ahead to buy the land needed for the scheme.

Funding for the scheme was received through the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal and construction of James Towers Way began in January 2016 and officially opened to the public on 5 October 2017.

Where is this happening?

The bypass will be approximately 2km long. The northern section from the A6 Garstang Road to the B5269 Whittingham Lane will have one lane in each direction. The southern section, from the B5269 Whittingham Lane to Broughton roundabout (M55 junction 1), will have two lanes either way.

Who is building the bypass?

HOCHTIEF (UK) Construction Limited was appointed in December 2015 as the contractor to build the bypass.

Construction images

Construction of James Towers Way officially began following a ground-breaking ceremony on Monday 11 January 2016.

James Towers Way

The official name for the new road in Broughton is James Towers Way, named in honour of a local hero of World War One. Broughton-born Private James Towers was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) for his actions almost 100 years ago.

In 1918, Private Towers volunteered to relay a message as a runner. Five people had already lost their lives attempting it. Private Towers made his way across No Man's Land, well aware of the fate of the runners who had already attempted the task, relayed his message and brought support for his company.

He was serving in the 2nd Battalion, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) in northern France.

Monthly construction updates

You can find monthly updates on the construction progress and any planned traffic management below.

2017 Construction Updates 

2016 Construction Updates 

Broughton Village Improvements

As part of the bypass design process, the council will be investing up to £1million of Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal funding, to improve conditions in the village for walkers, cyclists and buses, following the opening of James Towers Way.

The county council held a drop-in event for local residents in December 2015 to reveal the updated plans, proposals and visualisations for the improvements.

Related Info

Bypass construction updates

Broughton village improvements

Find out more about Broughton village improvements.

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