Plans for Cottam Parkway railway station up for discussion

Posted on - 26th November, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Cottam, Lea, Preston Council, Preston News, Transport
Cottam Parkway Railway Station proposed CGI image Pic: Lancashire County Council
Cottam Parkway Railway Station proposed CGI image Pic: Lancashire County Council

Plans for the new Cottam Parkway railway station, on the land off Lea Lane and Sidgreaves Lane, is up for discussion next week.

A meeting will be held before the Planning Committee on Thursday 1 December, to discuss Preston City Council’s report on the proposals including support and objections recieved.

The report states the development will be on a 14.5 hectare site mainly in agricultural use to the west of Lea Road.

Lancashire County Council plans to locate the railway station building on the north side of the railway line and say that it would be single storey with a pitched roof design.

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Walkways, ramps and steps would be constructed to help with getting in, around and out of the station.

It is suggested that on either side of the railway line would be the new platforms and a footbridge would be constructed over the railway line to provide access to the southern platform.

The proposal also includes the provision of two car parks, one to the north west and one to the north east of the proposed new station building.

These car parks would provide a total of 248 car parking spaces and include features such as cycle storage parking, signage, lighting and barriers.

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The main vehicle access to the site would be from the north via a new road that is to be constructed.

This road will be accessed from an arm off a roundabout from the ‘Cottam Link Road’, and will require a new access bridge to be constructed over the Lancaster Canal

As a result of this new access road an existing section of Sidgreaves Lane, from the roundabout to the proposed railway station, will be altered for pedestrian and cycle access only.

The proposal also includes a new access on to Lea Road, but this would be restricted to bus, cycle and pedestrian access only.

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In terms of landscaping, a tree survey found the major development of the site would require the removal of a significant number of trees including: 24 individual trees, five groups of trees, and six hedgerows.

To mitigate for this loss, native tree planting would be introduced and new trees would be planted next to the railway station building.

In support of the planning application, Councillor Fiona Duke, said: “The proposal looks well thought out, has addressed environmental impacts, and will be of benefit to local residents.”

One representation of support was received pointing several reasons as to why the station would bring benefit to the area. They said: “Fully supported Cottam railway station in 1994 and do so today.

“The proposed station allows greater connectivity to the railway network than any other suburban part of Preston has had in over 60 years. The station would allow for greater, much needed interconnectivity with existing bus routes in a suburban and semi-rural community.”

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One objection was received, the person said: “Cannot believe how much of a waste of money the Council are putting into this project, the station would be a good bus ride away for the majority of people.

“It is obvious that this station is only for the people with the nice new big houses in Cottam.

“It would be very interesting to know how much the train fare would be to Preston train station and someone obviously will be making money out of the taxes we pay.”

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