Open Up Lancaster's Parliament Street During 16 Week Caton Road Lane Closure
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The Bay Radio has teamed up with Lancaster's business leaders to launch this campaign to get the City moving again, following the recent closure of a lane on a key route into the City that no one knew was coming. Please sign our petition.
We fully understand that the work is essential and we respect the significant investment Hines UK are making in improving Lancaster. However, we share the concern voiced by business leaders that a 16 week lane closure, without any advance warning, on the main approach to the city centre is incredibly damaging to the local economy and means shoppers will be discouraged from visiting.
Emergency services have raised concerns about how their response times could be affected in the event of a call-out. Listeners are reporting missed hospital appointments, workers are arriving late for work and children late for school.
Now, none of us backing this campaign profess to be road planning experts! However, to us the temporary opening up of Parliament Street to all vehicles via Skerton Bridge into the City Centre seems to be a logical solution to help the City breathe more easily. Lots of listeners have contacted us to express the same view. We are asking the County Council to swiftly look at and assess this proposal, or indeed any others, to see if things can be adapted to support the city of Lancaster which has faced multiple and major disruption "incidents" in recent years.
At present, only buses and taxis are able to use Parliament Street in the direction of the City Centre. We are asking the County Council to consider a trial of this proposal to see if it works and that, if it improves things, to keep it in place for the duration of the Caton Road Lane closure.
Our campaign is being backed by Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce and plus the Business Improvement Districts for both Lancaster & Morecambe. Lancaster's MP, Cat Smith, is also supportive of a trial, as is David Morris MP for Morecambe & Lunesdale. Many other local organisations and businesses are also supportive including local taxi firm Coastal Taxis.
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