Unlocking housing sites and transport improvements in south Lancaster

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Plans for the Bailrigg Garden Village in south Lancaster could take a step forward this week, if approval is given for the route of the spine road through the site.

This a key stage in the development of the Bailrigg Village as it identifies the route for the road which unlocks sites for new homes.

At the meeting tomorrow (Thursday 7 October), councillors will be asked to approve the overall spine road layout, which will then be the subject of surveys and engineering assessments. This will help to inform the eventual layout and enable detailed plans to be drawn up.

The preferred location for a new Park & Ride site is also on the agenda for the Cabinet meeting, as well as the approval to acquire the necessary land for the new south Lancaster to M6 Link Road.

These proposals are part of major plans to reduce city centre traffic, create new access between the M6 and the city, reduce congestion through Galgate and unlock sites for new homes at the proposed Bailrigg Garden Village.

The Park & Ride site is on the south side of the university, off Hazelrigg Lane. The aim is to give people more sustainable transport options if they're going to and from the city centre.

County Councillor Charlie Edwards, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “I am determined that we tackle the existing problems with congestion and pollution, both in the city and in Galgate.

"This development will be truly successful if there is adequate investment in the roads, flooding and education infrastructure in South Lancaster.

"The spine road is an important part of this new infrastructure, as it allows for a connection between the A6 and the A588 that we have never enjoyed before. It will link to the remodelled Junction 33 and remove traffic from Galgate, which will be a massive benefit to those who live in the village.”

Negotiations are already starting to take place with the relevant landowners.

Detailed work on the proposals and preparation of planning applications is already underway. The planning application process will provide opportunities for people to give their views.

The proposals in the Cabinet item are part of the wider proposals being developed for Lancaster, which include:
• A reconfiguration of M6 junction 33, to reduce traffic through Galgate.
• A new link road connecting the new motorway junction with the A6 at Hazelrigg Lane, giving access to the proposed Bailrigg Garden Village and improvements to the A6/Hazelrigg Lane junction.
• A Park & Ride at Hazelrigg Lane.
• Bus priority systems and changes to the one-way system through the city centre to improve bus reliability and reduce journey times.
• A cycle 'superhighway' linking the city centre with the university, the Health Innovation Campus and the South Lancaster Strategic Growth Area.

The county council is already working with Lancaster City Council and other partners to develop and deliver these proposed major transport improvements, including in and around the city centre. This includes investment to prioritise buses, cycling and walking to make these much more attractive travel options in future.

More details will be announced for each of these schemes as plans progress.

County Councillor Aidy Riggott, Cabinet member for economic development and growth, said: "We want to help Lancaster district to grow by helping people to get around, reducing congestion and promoting sustainable travel options. This especially benefits people getting to and from work, and local businesses especially those in the city centre.

"By creating the right infrastructure, we’re also unlocking areas for new homes in south Lancaster. These new communities provide a growing workforce, help to meet local housing needs and be accessible by public transport and active travel."

This programme of improvements is funded through the South Lancaster Growth Catalyst Programme, with a combination of county and city council contributions, developer contributions, and a grant from Homes England's Housing Infrastructure Fund.

You can read the Cabinet item here

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