Transport Masterplan update

This week’s Lancaster Guardian carried Dynamo’s initial response to the district’s draft Transport Masterplan.  The good news is that the Heysham offroad route is in the document, but sadly there are no specific measures for cycle lanes on the A6 south.  From Dynamo’s point of view, it is particularly galling that – once again – expensive and highly disruptive big road schemes (a new junction 33, remodelling Caton Road and the Lancaster one-way system) dominate the County’s thinking.

Dynamo will be drafting a full reply to the County, but in the meantime we have been attending discussions with County officers and others.

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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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2 Responses to Transport Masterplan update

  1. Did any of you actually read the plan? It’s literally a cyclists paradise?! Park and ride into town the norm, the gyratory closed to cars? The timescale is frustratingly long, but the proposals couldn’t be better for cyclists and pedestrians. Amazed at the negativity being shown here 😦

  2. A fair comment, and you’re absolutely right that the 2031 vision outlined in the Transport Masterplan is a good one. The focus in the Lancaster Guardian report was on the immediate issues of cyclist and pedestrian safety on the A6 south, but we should have acknowledged the good stuff in the plan.

    We’ve now had a chance to look more closely at the Transport Masterplan, and it’s good to have the County’s vision spelled out in black and white. However, there is always a concern that the County will focus their strategic gaze on the big infrastructure projects – like a remodelled junction 33 – and that improvements to cycling infrastructure will be piecemeal and reactive (e.g. in response to casualty rates or dependent on a bit of developer funding).

    And there is the matter of the Lancaster-Morecambe greenway disappearing from the strategic cycle network map on page 40 of the document.

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