Caton Road, Lancaster (Phase 3) Flood Risk Management Scheme

Funding sources for the flood management project

Funding sources for the flood management project

Work has begun on a multi-million pound project to build new defences along the banks of the River Lune to prevent large scale flooding similar to that seen during Storm Desmond in 2015.

Taking 12 months to complete, the £10.8million project will see the construction of a defence wall and embankment of 1.7 miles in length, stretching from Skerton Bridge to junction 34 of the M6.

On completion it will significantly reduce flood risk to the area, protecting businesses in one of the city’s most important commercial areas and helping to safeguard more than 2,000 jobs. Additional works will take place on the right bank of the river to reduce the risk of flooding to homes and businesses on Aldrens Lane.

Alternative cycle route

Artist's impression of the completed project
Artist's impression of the completed project

While the path is closed an alternative route will be available for cyclists and pedestrians along Caton Road, with £300,000 being spent on making improvements to create a multi-use path along existing pavements. For those cyclists heading to Morecambe an alternative route will be signed utilising the cycling facilities alongside the Bay Gateway.

This will ensure cyclists can continue to use an off-road route safely and similar schemes have operated successfully in other parts of the district, most notably on Westgate in Morecambe.

The improvements will include two new Toucan crossings, creation of a new section of path, and road markings to give cyclists right of way at most of the side roads and junctions.

Tree planting

The scheme will also see 1,000 trees planted ‘on-site’ as part of the landscaping works at the end of the project, with a further 2,000 planted in the surrounding area including Miss Whalley’s Field, Tunnel Field and Newton Beck.


The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020, the Environment Agency, the local levy from the regional flood and coastal committee, as well contributions from Lancaster City Council and the private sector.

More information on the scheme, along with advice on how to make your property more resistant and resilient from flooding, is available on the Floodhub.


Last updated: 03 November 2021