Road closure to ‘help people social distance’ and encourage cycling

Road closure to ‘help people social distance’ and encourage cycling

by Tom Martin (August 2020)

A TEMPORARY road closure on an Ormskirk street will “help social distancing and encourage people to walk and cycle”, according to Lancashire County Council.

The measure has been introduced on Yew Tree Road, between Hill Crest Road and Croftson Avenue, and vehicles accessing north of numbers 29/32 Yew Tree Road and Hillcrest Road will be required to access from the north and County Road.

Vehicles accessing south of 29/32 Yew Tree Road and Croftson Avenue will be required to access from the south and Burscough Road. A signed diversion is now in place.

It has been introduced to “help to make it easier for people to cycle”.

County Councillor Keith Iddon, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Over the last few months we have all seen significant changes to our day to day lives, to how businesses operate and how people use our public spaces, as a result of the measures taken by every one of us in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re working closely with councils throughout Lancashire to make our town centres as safe as possible as lockdown measures ease and footfall increases.

“Current advice is to avoid using public transport unless your journey is really necessary, so instead we're asking people to walk and cycle if they can.

“We've already introduced some temporary measures to create more space for people to keep apart in the busiest areas of Ormskirk town centre, and this point closure on Yew Tree Road will help to make it easier for people to cycle as an alternative to using public transport or driving.

“These measures are part of our emergency response to help Lancashire control and recover from the coronavirus, and we will keep them under review.”

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