Vision of transport future

A vision for Lancaster's transport future?
A vision for Lancaster's transport future?
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A cable car over the Lune at Snatchems and a barrage on the river at St George’s Quay are some of the suggestions raised in response to a new traffic masterplan for Lancaster.

The Lancaster Vision group held a seminar to discuss Lancashire County Council’s draft masterplan for the district.

A report was then produced based on feedback from those in attendance.

Concerns raised about the masterplan included the need to keep public transport frequent and cheap, how congestion around the city centre could be reduced if the Heysham-M6 Link Road was to take only 10 per cent of the traffic from it, and how the needs of the rural communities would be met without subsidy.

The group felt that significant omissions from the masterplan included details of the proposed Park & Ride, how the gyratory system might be rationalised, development of M6 Junction 33, a ‘plan B’ if the reconfiguration of Junction 33 did not take place and how the barrier of the River Lune is to be addressed.

The group looked at transport systems in York and Preston as case studies.

Alan Nowell supported the creation of a cable car facility linking a car park at Snatchems/White Lund to Castle Hill, the castle and the city centre, which could be a Park-&-Ride for the city and the castle and become “an attraction in itself”.

James Mackie said that a third road crossing of the river Lune could be a barrage to maintain a high water level in Lancaster at all times - and then year-round water sport in the river.

Members called for imaginative improvement in general to the city’s traffic situation.

The report said: “The Masterplan cannot move on from its present draft stage until the new Local Plan for Lancaster District has been completed and approved.

“The plans for transport in the District should give due weight to sustainable means of transport, especially walking and cycling, but also low-emission public transport. They should also consider including proposals for imaginative and unconventional means of transport and for conversion of roads to shared space.”

Consultation on the draft document was due to close on Thursday May 7 but has now been extended to Friday May 22 following requests from local people to be given more time to respond. Visit Lancashire County Council’s consultation portal on its website for details on the masterplan.