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Lea Interchange (Preston)

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Lea Interchange
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Location
Lea
County
Lancashire
Highway Authority
Lancashire
Junction Type
Fork
Roads Joined
A583, A5085
Ultimate layout of the junction showing the Preston Western Bypass as envisaged between 1969 and the mid-1970s

Lea Interchange is a simple fork junction on the western edge of Preston. It was formed with the opening of the Ashton Bypass, called Riversway, in around 1969. At the same time plans were underway to complete the Preston Motorway Box which would have included the Western Bypass. This would have ran north-south through the junction which would have been dramatically expanded to cater for the increased turning movements. It's likely, although not yet proven, that the long sweeping curve of the eastbound A583 as it passes beneath the A5085 was built with the larger junction in mind.

The motorway plans lingered on until the early 1990s but nothing was ever built. In 2014 plans were approved for the Preston Western Distributor which follows the same line as the previously planned motorway northwards to M55 J2. Lea Interchange will see a roundabout built at the western end of the fork. Work is due to start in 2018.

Routes

Route To Notes

A583

Liverpool (A59), Southport (A565), (M6 South), City centre

A583

Blackpool, Lytham St Annes (A584)

A5085

(M6, M55, M61), Lancaster (A6), Longridge (B6243), Blackburn (A59, A677)
Blackpool (M55), (M6)
Blackpool (M55), The North (M6)
The South (M6), Liverpool (M59), Manchester (M61), Blackburn (M65)




Lea Interchange (Preston)
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