Calls for new link road are dis­missed by LCC

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -


CALLS to cre­ate a new link road to ease con­ges­tion on one of Hyn­d­burn’s busiest roads have been dis­missed.

And coun­cil leader Miles Parkin­son has slammed county hall’s plans to in­stall a 600-yard bus lane near to the Hare and Hounds junc­tion in Clay­ton-le-Moors as ‘sim­ply stupid’ and ‘il­log­i­cal’.

Speak­ing at a coun­cil meet­ing he in­stead urged Lan­cashire County Coun­cil (LCC) to de­velop a link road be­tween the Junc­tion 7 Busi­ness Park in Clay­ton-leMoors and the Alan Rams­bot­tom Way.

LCC bosses said the £300,000 south­bound bus lane is part of the wider Pen­nine Reach bus scheme and will help re­duce jour­ney times and im­prove ser­vice re­li­a­bil­ity. A pre­vi­ous bus lane in­stalled on the other side of the junc­tion as part of the same scheme also pro­voked con­tro­versy.

The Ob­server re­vealed in Septem­ber how Accrington found to have a big­ger traf­fic prob­lem than any­where else in Eng­land - ex­clud­ing cities.

Coun Parkin­son told the meet­ing: “I’m go­ing to be parochial. There are things which can be done and there are neg­a­tive things which can be done.

“We only have to look in Clay­ton-le-Moors where Lan­cashire County Coun­cil are go­ing to im­ple­ment a bus lane for some­where in the re­gion of 600 yards.

“This coun­cil will not sup­port some­thing which is sim­ply stupid and caus­ing a big­ger prob­lem on that road.

“No one wants it and it isn’t go­ing to make a jot of dif­fer­ence. It was put down at The Wood­lands and that has done noth­ing at all to re­solve the is­sue and it needs a proper strate­gic look.

“Go­ing back many years former county coun­cil­lor Ge­orge Slynn did high­light the need for a re­lief road go­ing through Junc­tion 7. That’s what the county coun­cil needs to look at and not silly bus lanes.” Al­ter­na­tive park­ing is be­ing pro­vided to the rear of prop­er­ties on Whal­ley Road be­tween Frank Street and Ju­bilee Street to ‘com­pen­sate for the loss of on-street park­ing’

An LCC spokesper­son said: “A re­lief road link­ing to M65 junc­tion 7 is not in­cluded in our cur­rent plans for the de­vel­op­ment of high­ways and trans­port in this area.

“Con­sid­er­able re­sources would be needed to as­sess the case for such a pro­posal, and should the case be proven, a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion from gov­ern­ment needed to de­liver it.”

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Hyn­d­burn coun­cil leader Miles Parkin­son

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