The attached letter about the A6 is from Phil Longton, Lancaster University Travel and Environment Co-ordinator. It puts some of the Councillors’ comments into a new perspective. In particular he suggests that any plan that only focusses on motor vehicle capacity along the A6 will be unsustainable.
Cycling and other sustainable transport solutions should be a priority:
Thanks for the email. It is disappointing the response from County and the lack of any feedback from Jacobs.
Improving cycling on the A6 corridor will of course help enable the economic development that County want to achieve but importantly, do so in a sustainable manner. Too much of County’s plans involve unlocking the potential for more vehicular traffic to use the A6 corridor at peak times through junction improvements in Galgate and Scotforth and this is unsustainable development without the prioritisation of sustainable travel improvements and that’s precisely what these need to be – a priority. That includes a majority of the funds being invested into any future improvements along the A6 being directed into sustainable transport solutions, thus reflecting that priority. The current situation is concerning. The University itself has plans for future growth and the A6 capacity issue is one of the biggest threats to enabling that growth so this is an issue of significant concern to the University. A solution that enables sustainable development is essential.
Travel & Environment Co-ordinator
Facilities – Operations
Lancaster University LA1 4YW