The Highways and Transportation Masterplan Framework for Central Lancashire consultation began on 7 January and is expected to continue up to 25 February 2013
The plan sets out ideas from the County Council for a future highways and transport strategy for Central Lancashire to 2026 and beyond. It accepts that they have no choice but to create new highway capacity to
support new development and allow them to solve specific problems. The new capacity will give to improving public transport by updating the most important bus corridors and enhancing the public realm to encourage sustainable travel and support economic growth.
We have reported on some of the ideas previously in Blog Preston. Here is a reminder of the ones of interest to Preston:
Plans to provide a third Park and Ride site at Cuerden which would benefit from dedicated bus lanes connecting it to Preston.
A new ‘Parkway’ rail station in Cottam to serve the North West Preston strategic housing location (which may require closure of the existing Salwick station).
The Preston Western Distributor, a new road linking the M55 near Bartle with the A583/A584 at Clifton, providing access to the North Preston housing sites via a new link between the M55 and the A583.
The upgrading of the A582 South Ribble western distributor to improve capacity on the existing A582 between Cuerden and Penwortham Triangle, supporting delivery of the south of Penwortham/North of Farington strategic housing location.
The completion of Penwortham bypass between the Broad Oak roundabout and Howick Cross.
The County Council will work with Preston City Council to develop proposals for new bus station/interchange facilities within the city centre to improve accessibility and interchange between bus and rail services.
Improvements to Preston Railway Station and Fishergate Central.
Beyond 2026, the construction of a new crossing of the River Ribble to link the Preston Western Distributor and the South Ribble Western Distributor roads (the ‘Guild Bridge’).
The cost of the proposals for delivery by 2026 presented in the master plan is estimated at around £275 million.
Click here to view the Highways and Transportation Masterplan Framework for Central Lancashire
As part of the consultation it is important that the County Council gets your views on the vision presented in the masterplan. There will be a number of consultation events in which officers from the County Council will be available to speak to members of the public about the Highways and Transportation Masterplan Framework for Central Lancashire.
There is a questionnaire relating to the proposals set out in the Highways and Transportation Masterplan:
Click here to fill in the questionnaire
These are the location, venue and dates of the consultation event meetings in and around Preston:
Cottam Community Centre
30 January 2013 – 12pm-5.45pm
Penworthan Community Centre
31 January 2013 – 11am-8pm
St Mary’s RC Community Centre
4 February 2013 – 10am – 6pm
South Ribble BC
5 February 2013 – 10am – 6pm
Harris Museum and Art Gallery.
Market Square, Preston
6 February 2013 – 10am – 6pm