Tuesday, 7 May 2013

County Council outlines Lancaster road improvements, Sustainable Transport plans

Lancashire County Council has announced a number of road improvements and Sustainable Transport initiatives, as part of its Environment Directorate 2013/14 Commissioning Plan for Lancaster.

Work has already begin on some work and although the start and completion of works may change (the plan is updated through the year), the priorities for road improvements have been announced as follows

Quarter 1: 1 April – 30 June

A683 Lancaster Road: Caton to M6, Lancaster Rural East - Surface dressing
A683 Melling Road: Melling to Greta, Lancaster Rural East - Surface dressing
C449 Quernmore Road, Caton: A683 to Posterngate Road, Lancaster Rural East - Surface inlay
A6 Slyne Road: Coastal Road to 30 gate way, Morecambe North/Lancaster Rural North - Surface dressing
C354 Stoney Lane, Lancaster Rural East - Surface dressing
Westbourne Road, Lancaster: Station Road to Willow Lane - Surface inlay
Mill Lane, Bolton Le Sands: Railway bridge to St Nicholas Lane railway bridge, Lancaster Rural North - Surface inlay
Greenacre Road: Whole length, Morecambe Nort - Surface inlay
Lancaster Road, Heaton with Oxcliffe: Santchens to Moss Road Lancaster Road, Heysham - Surface inlay
Locka Lane: B6254 to first gate, Lancaster Rural East - Surface dressing
Park House Road: Whole length, Lancaster Rural East - Surface dressing
Docker Village area: Whole area, Lancaster Rural East - Surface dressing
Newton phase 2: Langdale Road/ Coniston Road, Lancaster East - Footway resurfacing

Quarter 2: 1 July – 30 September

A5101 Coastal Road, Morecambe North - Thin surfacing
C478 Aldrens Lane: Full length, Skerton – Strengthening
A683 Main Street Hornby: Station Road to Fall Kirk, Lancaster Rural East - Surface inlay
B5273 Oxcliffe Road Morecambe: Pumping Station to Woodlands Drive - Surface inlay
Gressingham Landslip: 50m Town Bridge to Brook Side - Repairs to highway embankment on C506 at Gressingham (subject to land agreement)
Bentham Road Resurfacing: 950m from Ravensclose Road to the County Boundary with North Yorkshire - Drainage works and carriageway resurfacing on the B6480 Bentham Road at Wennington
Thornton Road III: Marine Road to Dallam Avenue, Morecambe North - Carriageway resurfacing
Albert Road: Marine Road to Chatsworth Road, Morecambe West - Footway resurfacing

Quarter 3: 1 October – 31 December

Hest Bank Road: Whole length, Morecambe North - Carriageway resurfacing
Royal Road, Morecambe: Full length, Morecambe North - Footway resurfacing

Quarter 4: 1 January – 31 March 2014

Hillsea Avenue, Morecambe: Full length, Heysham - Footway resurfacing

Dates of Completion to be confirmed

Lindow Square, Lancaster - Lantern embellishment

Lancashire County Council is also working to deal with that bane of all road users - potholes. Funding arrangements regarding patching and pothole repair have been revised to ensure that capital funds are used to fund patching schemes to extend the life of highway assets, and revenue money is used to repair potholes in the interests of public safety until more extensive works can be implemented.

This new funding arrangement does not affect the total resources available to the district, and therefore continue to support the Councils target to repair 90 per cent of potholes identified within 30 days.

A capital allocation will be available in 2013-14 to fund patching of A, B and C roads, urban unclassified roads, rural unclassified roads and footways.

Sustainable Travel projects - some planned to complement the building of the M6 Link Road - are also in the works, aiming to support economic development by helping to manage transport demand and removing unnecessary short local car journeys from the network, freeing up capacity to allow more reliable journey times for both people and goods.

"Improving sustainable access to current businesses in the area can also act as a major attraction for inward investment," says the Council, "and increasing available network capacity can also help remove barriers to bringing forward new developments. Increases in active travel within communities have been widely shown to increase retailer footfall in local areas, helping to economically maintain local centres."

Planning and implementing infrastructure improvements, promoting use of existing facilities, business travel planning, adult cycle training and healthy streets initiatives will, the Council argue, all support economic development.

Sustainable Travel will also improve access to employment, training and services for all communities by enabling low cost trips by cycling, walking, public transport and car sharing. Lack of access to opportunities is often cited as a barrier to people taking up those opportunities, so by providing more information, training and support it will provide citizens with the skills and confidence to make journeys by sustainable transport which will help to overcome this barrier.

• The Environment Directorate Commissioning Plan also outlines public transport projects, road safety projects, flood defence improvements, emergency planning and more and can be downloaded in PDF form here: www.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/web/?siteid=6411&pageid=38110&e=e

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