Work is starting at Broadgate, Preston to a create an innovative new type of junction designed to make travel easier and safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
The CYCLOPS junction features an orbital track circling the junction to separate cyclists from general traffic and pedestrians, and is a key part of the Penwortham to Preston Cycle Superhighway scheme.
During the works, which will continue until Spring 2023, there will be temporary traffic signal-controlled lights and alternative crossing points on Liverpool and Strand road. Bus stops will be moved to alternative locations throughout the works and access to local shops will be maintained at all times.
The junction upgrade is being funded by the Department for Transport’s Active Travel Fund (Tranche 2) and will improve facilities for those cycling or walking the mile between the Cop Lane junction and Preston Railway Station.
CYCLOPS is an abbreviation of Cycle Optimised Protected Signals. The award-winning concept was first developed by Transport for Greater Manchester, and this will be the first time it has been used in Lancashire.
This unique type of junction protects cyclists from general traffic, reducing the risk of collisions or conflict, whilst allowing everyone to use the junction safely. Cyclists can make a right turns in less crossing stages and two way cycle crossings have been included for movements with higher demand, such as access to the Guild Wheel or Cycle Superhighway.
County Councillor Rob Bailey, lead member for highways and active travel said: “I appreciate that the works will cause some disruption in the short term, but the long-term benefits of improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists at this busy junction will be worth it.
“The new CYCLOPS junction will also make it safer for people using the Preston Guild Wheel route which crosses the junction, and we hope it will give more people confidence to walk and cycle in the area.
“This junction is a key part of the wider scheme to encourage active travel along this Penwortham to Preston corridor, and will complement the improvements we’ve already put in place. It’s great to see that we are at the forefront of using new techniques in Lancashire’s highways to ensure they are accessible to all road users.”