Park­ing scheme pitched by M58

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page -

AN ORM­SKIRK coun­cil­lor has re­newed the call for a park and ride fa­cil­ity to ease the town’s con­ges­tion and park­ing prob­lems after iden­ti­fy­ing a pos­si­ble lo­ca­tion at Junction 3 of the M58.

Ian Davis, who is a coun­cil­lor for Derby Ward which in­cludes Edge Hill Univer­sity, said that the owner of the old Ju­bilee Col­liery next to the M58 in Bick­er­staffe is will­ing to sell the land for a park and ride for use by the univer­sity and wider com­mu­nity.

Cllr Davis said: “I have spoken to the lady who owns the site and been down to see it for my­self.

“It is ideally lo­cated by the mo­tor­way junction as around half the traf­fic to Edge Hill comes via this mo­tor­way junction ev­ery day.

“It’s a brown­field site, so there are fewer plan­ning is­sues with it.

“It should cer­tainly be prop­erly in­ves­ti­gated to see if a park and ride would be fea­si­ble there.

“Orm­skirk suf­fers from sig­nif­i­cant on street park­ing prob­lems around Ruff Wood and around the cricket club to name just two, but the road net­work too can­not cope with the vol­ume of traf­fic try­ing to get from the M58 to the univer­sity dur­ing term time.

“This is af­fect­ing the whole area mak­ing peo­ple late for work, school and hos­pi­tal ap­point­ments.

“That’s why a park and ride that takes cars off the A570 and other routes is needed.’’

Cllr Davis added: “Many other towns with uni­ver­si­ties suc­cess­fully op­er­ate park and rides.

“And we can make a suc­cess of it with the po­lit­i­cal will.

“The high­ways port­fo­lio holder, county coun­cil­lor Keith Iddon, has agreed to visit the area in the near fu­ture and I will be rais­ing this mat­ter di­rectly with him.

“We need to move be­yond the usual think­ing and come up with ideas that will re­duce the traf­fic and park­ing mis­ery many res­i­dents suf­fer for months each year.”

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