Bad news on station bicycle racks

falco vertDynamo has learned that the City Council does not consider that the design of the proposed cycle racks at Lancaster railway station requires full planning permission.  This means that Virgin Trains will be free to put in whatever racks they like.

The planning people at the City Council have told Virgin’s agent of the concerns raised by Dynamo and others about the cyclist-unfriendly design of the racks, but given Virgin’s intransigence so far it doesn’t look as if they will relent.

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Cycle racks on Common Garden Street, Lancaster

Round about Christmas, something crashed into the shop on the corner of Penny Street and Common Garden Street, flattening the cycle racks that were there.

The ruined racks were removed and have not been replaced.  Dynamo is following this up with the City Council; those racks were definitely useful.

UPDATE:  four racks have since been installed.

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Objections to planning applications at Hornby and Middleton

1.   28 dwellings in Hornby – reference 18/01611/FUL

Our comments:

Dynamo objects to this planning application because there is no provision for safe cycle access to the development from Lancaster or the surrounding villages. Policy DM 20 of Lancaster City Council’s Development Plan (Sept 2015) states: “Proposals should minimise the need to travel, particularly by private car, and maximise the opportunities for the use of walking, cycling and public transport.”

Section 4.8 of the applicant’s Transport Statement points out – entirely accurately – that the proposed site is close to the Lancashire County County’s “Northern Loop”, taking you to Carnforth, Silverdale and Arnside.  What Section 4.8 neglects to mention is that this is a winding and extremely hilly route which is not likely to appeal to the average cycle-commuter.

Any development in Hornby or Wray should therefore provide funding for the extension of the Lune shared-use path from Lancaster, which currently ends at Bull Beck. It’s direct, it’s flat, it takes people somewhere with employment, shops and schools and is thus the obvious choice.

2.   9 dwellings at Middleton Towers – ref 18/01593/OUT

Our comments:

Dynamo (Lancaster, Morecambe & District Cycle Campaign) wishes to object to this application. It is yet another small development in this area which, when taken with all the others (residential, industrial, tourism), adds up to a lot more traffic without any improvement for sustainable transport.

As the applicant’s Transport Assessment clearly states (section 3.3), there is no provision for cycle access to the development from Lancaster or the surrounding villages. This contravenes Policy DM 20 of Lancaster City Council’s Development Plan (Sept 2015) states: “Proposals should minimise the need to travel, particularly by private car, and maximise the opportunities for the use of walking, cycling and public transport.”

The applicant assumes that Carr Lane will remain a quiet road, ignoring the current application for 30+ caravans and tents at Greendales on Carr Lane.

The City Council keeps on approving these small and medium-sized applications in Heysham and Middleton without asking for any contribution towards an overarching scheme to mitigate the impacts of the extra traffic.

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Any winter gritting reports?

How have you found the shared-use paths during the last week of low temperatures and ice?  Have they been gritted round your way?  Any reports of cyclists or pedestrians sliding off/over?  Please let us know.

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Tiny update on the Lune path closure during construction works

Re the closure of the Lune path during the flood management works: Dynamo has learned that the Sustrans Network Development Manager for the North West has seen the plans for the Caton Road diversion route and the Bay Gateway diversion route, and he will be discussing them with the city and county councils.  That’s all we know at present.

Trees are already being felled along the path in preparation for the works (which are still yet not fully funded).  This has to be done before spring, which is when birds start nesting.  If the funding is not found, the trees will have been cut down pointlessly.

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Article in Lancaster Guardian about station cycle racks

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Proposed new cycle rack

Today’s Lancaster Guardian has an article about Virgin Trains’ removal of cycle lockers and proposed changes to cycle racks. Its focus is on the removal of the cycle lockers (which is probably now a lost cause) rather than the near-inaccessible design of the proposed new cycle racks which will replace them.

Anyway, thank you to Councillor Dave Brookes who followed this up with the City Council. Dynamo will keep an eye on the planning application and will continue to fight for more accessible cycle racks on platforms 1 and 2.

cycle racks

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Queen Street junction, Lancaster

Dynamo is following up Lancashire County Council’s reply to our request that Queen Street be made into a no-through-road.  We are specifically asking about their assumption that the Aldi store will make little difference to the amount of traffic on Queen Street.

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