§ Mr. Lewis
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) by how much it is intended to widen the A580 east Lancashire road envisaged in the recently published roads report;
(2) what is the objective of the plan to widen the A580 east Lancashire road as outlined in the recently published roads report.
§ Mr. Atkins
We are considering widening the surface of each carriageway by about 1.5 m, without taking extra land, as one element of the £15 million improvement scheme. The other element covers work on improved drainage, lighting and accesses, further safety fencing, and refurbishment of the central reservation and the cycleway/footpath.
The objective of these various improvements is to bring this heavily trafficked major route up to modern day standards and to improve its safety and traffic flow, particularly during maintenance operations.