The Broughton Bypass is set to open to vehicles on Thursday 5 October 2017.

Some work will still be needed following the official opening, including landscaping, but the road will be fully open for public use.

The road had been due to open early next year, with additional time programmed in the construction schedule in case of unforeseen circumstances. City Deal reports that good progress has been made, thanks to the number of construction staff on site and good weather.

Construction of the £32m bypass is predicted to reduce the number of vehicles travelling through the centre of Broughton village by up to 90% and improve journey times in 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.

Once the road has opened, work can begin on improvements along the A6 through Broughton village, including early work to tackle flooding issues in the village.

Construction of the road has been carried out by HOCHTIEF, on behalf of Lancashire County Council, as a key part of the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal, and the £251m Lancashire Growth Deal.

Through the centre of Broughton itself, changes will be made to the carriageway, footways and Guild Wheel to improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists, and encourage vehicles to use the new bypass. A 20mph speed limit is planned through Broughton village itself.

The opening of the bypass will also see the immediate closure of D'Urton Lane at its eastern end to remove any rat running and improve conditions for Guild Wheel users.