Proposal for one-way service road at Common Edge

Plans to make a busy service road safer have been proposed by Blackpool Council, ahead of development at Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone.

The road, which is used to access Lytham St Annes Garden Centre and houses off Common Edge Road, is proposed to be made one-way for all traffic.

Under the proposals, access into the garden centre and all houses off the main highway would be from the northern access point with Common Edge Road, with exit via the wider southern junction.

The proposals aim to reduce the risk of conflicts from passing traffic, particularly from heavy goods vehicles which use the road for deliveries. It would also reduce the risk of collisions by stopping cars from exiting the northern junction close to the busy School Road junction.

The proposal is ahead of a larger remodelling of Common Edge Road as part of the new highway into the Enterprise Zone, with work expected to start later this spring.

The plans include a remodelled Common Edge Road will include an improved junction into the garden centre, as well as widening of the junction between School Road and Common Edge Road.

The new link road will also connect Common Edge Road and Amy Johnson Way, providing a second entry and exit onto the business park and allowing expansion of the business park to create more jobs.

The new highway is part funded by a £7.5m grant from the Blackpool Town Deal, with the council having until March 2026 to claim the funding.

Blackpool Council is the accountable body for Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone, which is a 144-hectare site across Blackpool and Fylde and is earmarked to create 5,000 new jobs by 2041.

For more information on the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone, visit www.blackpoolez.com.