For almost a year Dynamo has been trying to get a breakdown of how the £5 million awarded to Lancashire County Council in 2012 to make the A6 sustainable (whatever that means in authority-speak; probably more about economic activity than anything else) at the Lancaster and Preston ends of the road. The County’s document bidding for the funding in 2012 is here or online here, and the May 2012 press release announcing the success of the bid is here.
One of the aims was to create “comprehensive safe cycle and walking routes to make sustainable travel a realistic option”. Even shared with Preston, £5 million is a tidy sum of money. (For comparison, £1.5 million over 3 years made a great deal of difference to Lancaster district during the Cycling Demonstration Town years.) Somehow Dynamo has never noticed the benefits of this more recent £5 million. Apparently the traffic lights in Galgate were changed. County officers offered local employers a few thousand pounds for anything remotely related to transport: e.g. showers and electric charging points for cars. There was even talk of some of the money going into the Lancaster Square Routes project to beautify the city centre. Nice . . . but sustainable?
We asked the County Council for a breakdown and evidence that the funding had made a difference; after a deafening silence on their part, we asked for the same information under the Freedom of Information Act. Still no real response after 8 months, so we have now taken this to the FOI Commissioner and are awaiting their report.