Big Dig: Three

Eddie Mills has responded to Dynamo’s letter. I’m afraid I have no time to look at in detail at the moment, but thought it fair that it should at least be placed for public consumption. However, an initial summation would appear to be: that’s how it is.

Dear Dick
Thank you for you recent email.
I have reported you request for increased enforcement of the Prohibition of Driving on Church Street to Lancaster Police who are responsible for moving traffic restrictions.
The plastic marker bollards within the contraflow cycle lane on Chapel Street are there to protect cyclists. The additional demand placed by the bus services and the provision of additional bus stops means that a large service bus pulling out of the northerly stop has the potential to encroach into the cycle lane and therefore increase the potential for collision. There is currently no alternative to this arrangement such is the pressure on the partially closed bus station. It has been requested that the missing (presumed removed) marker bollards in the cycle lane near the Co-op are replaced, as it has the additional benefit of reducing the potential for obstruction by drivers who ignore the mandatory restrictions. United Utilities were in the process of resolving this matter.
The implementation of temporary traffic measures resides with United Utilities and their traffic management provider, the county council has attempted to work with United Utilities and minimise disruption to the city centre given the competing demands for use of the highway network. The parking places that you refer to are multiple use and provide loading/ disabled parking and taxi provision at the entrance to the Pedestrian Zone and Lancashire County Council does not intend to alter the current arrangement. I have forwarded your comments and requested that United Utilities continue to monitor the temporary traffic arrangements in place within the city centre.
There may be some confusion in the reading of the TTRO and there is no restriction that prevents cyclists from using Spring Garden Street or George Street with traffic flow and therefore no requirement to amend.
Kind regards
Eddie Mills
Lancashire Highways Services
Highways & Traffic
Lancaster & Ribble Valley
Lancashire County Council
T: 01524 772068
http://www.lancashire.gov.uk

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Dynamo is a cycling group, established in 1994, to work with official bodies, other cycling organisations and interested individuals to promote cycling as a safe, enjoyable and healthy means of transport.
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