Have your say on transforming Lancaster travel

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Lancashire County Council is giving residents and businesses the opportunity to have their say on two major highway proposals for Lancaster.

Lancaster City Council and Lancashire County Council are working together to provide the delivery of major transport improvements. The aims are to enable Lancaster to grow and promote sustainable travel across the city centre.

One proposal concerns an area of land near the university known as the South Lancaster Strategic Growth Area which will be in two stages.

The first stage will deliver infrastructure needed to release housing land. This infrastructure will include a new link road from M6 Junction 33 into the South Lancaster Strategic Growth Area. The public will be able to have their say on six options under consideration for the M6 Junction 33 Link Road route. A second stage coming later will be a masterplan to ensure new homes and communities, built to meet local housing needs, are accessible by public transport and active travel.

Measures are also planned to improve the quality of public spaces and to create enhanced bus and active travel along the city's gyratory. The public will also be able to assist in shaping Lancaster's city centre by choosing from eight options for the gyratory developed under the Lancaster City Centre Movement and Public Realm Strategy.

County Councillor Keith Iddon, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “We want to hear from as many people as possible on these important proposals that will help to shape Lancaster's future. Telling us your views will support us in making sure our plans best match our shared ambition in creating better connections for communities, reducing motor traffic, improving air quality and developing sustainable travel throughout the city."

Councillor Janice Hanson, Cabinet member with responsibility for planning policy, said: “These consultations offer our local communities the opportunity to have their say on how the Lancaster District’s local transport network should be remodelled. The continuing pandemic, and the council’s declaration of a Climate Emergency last year, has reinforced our desire to create healthier places which are served by an improved range of efficient, sustainable transport options, with an improved city centre environment that encourages greater levels of walking and cycling.”

Lancashire County Council is publicising a Statement of Community Consultation prepared in accordance with section 47 of the Planning Act 2008. It explains how consultation will take place with the local community on a proposed Development Consent Order (DCO) application for the new link road, infrastructure and possible alterations to Junction 33 of the M6 Motorway.

The virtual consultation and exhibition will be open from 28 October 2020 until 8 December 2020. Comments can be made to help to decide, a preferred option for both proposals.

All the information relating to the M6 Junction 33 Link Road and the Lancaster City Centre Movement and Public Realm Strategy is presented on the scheme website https://lancashire.gov.uk/Transforming-Lancaster-Travel/

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