Princes Way to Re-open as Sea Defence Works Near Completion
With construction works on the new £27m sea defences in Anchorsholme nearing completion, Princes Way road will reopen to traffic in mid-November 2016.
The road will re-open in both directions and has been timed to ease potential congestion when Anchorsholme Lane West closes soon after to allow for the renovations at Anchorsholme Park by United Utilities as part of their on-going programme of investment to improve water quality along the Fylde Coast.
Princes Way, which was prone to severe flooding during bad weather and high tides, has now been raised to the same level as Anchorsholme Park. This is designed to prevent the road closures previously caused by flooding and also provide park users with a convenient access from the Promenade.
Once completed the new sea defences will provide better flood protection to around 4,500 properties.
Some additional work to the headland adjacent to Princes Way will need to be completed in the New Year and while it is hoped that the road will remain open during this time, temporary traffic lights will be required.
Cllr Fred Jackson, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member for Municipal Assets, said: “I’m really pleased that we’re able to open Princes Way to traffic again soon and it’s something that we’ve been keen to make happen as soon as possible.
“As well as the road re-opening to traffic, most of the new sea front promenade will be available for people to use, which is exciting.
“With the road being completely closed to all traffic while the construction work has gone on, people will barely recognise the area when they revisit. The road has been elevated significantly and the battered old sea defences have been replaced with a brand new public realm that not only is pleasant to visit but, more importantly, keeps the sea at bay.
“Over £100m worth of investment is taking place in Anchorsholme at the moment with the sea defence scheme and United Utilities reconstruction of the park. I am extremely grateful to the neighbours for being so patient while the construction work continues and can guarantee them that the end result will be worth the short term disruption.”
Simon Barker, Balfour Beatty’s Project Director, said: “The series of major new coastal defences across Rossall and Anchorsholme represents the largest flood defence programme in the UK currently.
“Local residents have been very supportive and understanding of the necessary closure of the promenade, so we’re pleased that they’ll soon be able to view the results of this vital work to protect properties and businesses in this community.”
Andy Shore, Environment Agency’s Flood and Coastal Risk Management Senior Advisor, said: “The Environment Agency is committed to increasing the resilience of people, property and businesses to the risks of flooding and coastal erosion.
“In Lancashire on the Fylde coast we are working closely with Blackpool Council, Wyre Council, Fylde Council and our contractors Balfour Beatty to ensure investments in flood and coastal risk management provides economic and environmental benefits to local communities.”