West Lancs Transport Master Plan Consultation

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Purpose West Lancashire Highways and Transport Masterplan - consultation
The county council is consulting on the draft West Lancashire Highways and Transport Masterplan. The plan includes options for major improvements to highways, public transport and walking and cycling facilities to make sure the district can realise its potential for economic growth without its distinctive rural character being spoiled.
Proposals in the masterplan include:
- Linking Skelmersdale to the rail network with a new rail station and bus interchange in the town centre.
- Transform the way people in Skelmersdale travel by redesigning roads, removing underpasses and making it easier for people to walk, cycle and use public transport within the town and to access wider job opportunities.
- Creating better cycling and walking links between Skelmersdale and Ormskirk, building on existing plans for a linear park along the former railway line.
- A dedicated cycling and walking link between Burscough and Ormskirk to provide a direct off-road route via a new linear park.
- Tackle congestion in Ormskirk town centre, building on options outlined in a recent study to manage and reduce traffic, focused on making walking and cycling more attractive options, including a new and innovative cycle hire scheme.
- A complementary route management plan would realise the potential of a new Thornton to Switch Island link road in Sefton to provide a better route for traffic travelling between the M58 and Southport.
- Investigate options and prepare a business case for electrification of the Ormskirk to Preston railway line to fulfil its potential as a commuter route.
- Complete the proposed Tarleton Green Lane Link road by the end of 2016 to reduce HGV traffic through the village.
- Investigating options to ensure access to services from rural areas.
Subject Public transport
Road safety
Traffic management, traffic calming measures
Commissioned by Strategy & Policy Environment Directorate
Geographic area West Lancashire
Method Questionnaire - online
Consultation with General public
Date 02/12/2013 - 07/02/2014
Undertaken by Corporate Research and Intelligence

Contact information

For more information about this research contact:

West Lancashire Masterplan
County Hall, Preston

Email: Andrew.Hewitson@lancashire.gov.uk