Put buses on the city cycle paths

A £120,000 MAJOR study into Lancaster's transport problems will make dozens of recommendations – including buses using the district's cycle paths to cut journey times.

The report, by specialists Faber Maunsell, will also suggest more park and ride schemes when it is published next month.

The major strategy was set up last year by the district's Vision Board to tackle traffic gridlock, look at ways to encourage more public transport use and review Lancaster's one-way system.

But the study has come up with unusual recommendations, including suggesting buses use cycle paths to tempt more people to use public transport, and urging a redesign of Dalton Square.

The consultancy also recommends installing two 'interceptor' car parks at the edge of Lancaster city centre, even though its southern preference, the Auction Mart site, has been put up for sale by Lancaster City Council.

The report goes on to suggest pressing ahead with planned park and rides at junction 34 of the M6 and Salt Ayre sports centre as well as a new site at Morecambe's Bare Lane station.

Catherine Potter, Vision board manager, rejected criticism of report and said: "The point is that if you are trying to achieve funding you have to have the evidence, statistics and proof that what you want will make a difference.

"So it has been valuable and we will have a proper transport vision for the district and it will mean that for any planning applications there's a possibility of getting funding from developers."