The County Council’s Transport Masterplan contains an inspiring vision of the district in 2031, where “walking and cycling are now the norm for many local journeys”, where air quality and traffic congestion are no longer problems, and where Lancaster city centre gyratory is largely free of through traffic.
This is good news. Some of us will be in our 70s and 80s by then, but hopefully still cycling. It sounds as if the County Council has finally got the message.
BUT where is the Lancaster-Morecambe greenway? From the maps on page 34 and 40 of the document it seems to have been replaced by the Lancaster Reach rapid transit service (a tram?). Instead of the Lancaster-Morecambe greenway, there is a Lancaster-Heysham greenway. One in, one out. No overall addition to the strategic cycle network.
So instead of reallocating road space and really making a move to sustainable travel, the County Council sets up a battle between the solutions – cycling and walking vs high quality public transport. Has it really got the message? Or is this just an oversight?