£50k plans in pipeline to soften blow of city’s traffic chaos

North Road, Lancaster, part of the one-way system closed for the final part of the United Utilities sewer project work.
North Road, Lancaster, part of the one-way system closed for the final part of the United Utilities sewer project work.
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Plans to attract more people into Lancaster city centre were discussed by the city’s key business leaders at a meeting today, amid the disruption being caused by major sewer works.

Free weekend parking is among the ideas mooted in a bid to keep residents shopping locally during the final – and most disruptive – phase of the United Utilities work, which began last month.

Many city centre businesses have reported massive losses in profits, while other shopping destinations in Lancashire and Cumbria have reported huge rises.

United Utilities have offered to put £50,000 towards whatever scheme is agreed upon.

The meeting with United Utilities was called after a proposal containing ideas to help the local economy was sent to the company by Lancaster Unlimited (BID), the Chamber of Trade, Lancaster City Council and The Bay.

Part of the one-way system was closed off on September 15, which caused tailbacks as far as the M6 during rush hour on the first day of the final phase of the work.

Work is on schedule and expected to be completed by November 20.