New pedestrian and cycle lane planned for dangerous junction

New pedestrian and cycle lane planned for dangerous junction

by Henry James (May 2021)

A NEW pedestrian crossing and cycle lane is being proposed by Lancashire County Council for the dangerous junction of County Road and Yew Tree Road in Ormskirk.

Consultation is currently ongoing for the traffic regulation orders needed for the new pedestrian crossing and cycle lane. 

 Campaigners have often called for more road safety measures on County Road. 

 A toucan crossing - a pedestrian crossing which also allows bicycles to be ridden across - on County Road, Ormskirk, is proposed as part of a ‘section 106’ agreement to improve sustainable transport to a nearby retail development. The county council has said: “Such a crossing would provide increased safety for cyclists and other vulnerable road users, thereby preserving or improving the amenities of the area through which the road runs.”

Increased safety

The toucan crossing, in County Road, would measure from a point 10 metres south west of its junction with the centreline of Yew Tree Road, for a distance of 48 metres in a north easterly direction.

‘No Waiting At Any Time’ restrictions on Yew Tree Road, are proposed in conjunction with a cycle track with right of way on foot in order to maintain a clear route for cyclists who are entering or leaving the cycle track. The county council added: “No Waiting At Any Time restriction will also provide improved visibility towards oncoming vehicles when exiting the cycle track, thereby preserving or improving the amenities of the area through which the road runs.”

The scheme is also receiving funds from the county council's annual cycling safety programme in addition to the section 106 money.

Any representations or objections relating to the proposal must be made in writing and should be sent to The Director of Corporate Services, Lancashire County Council, P O Box 78, County Hall, Preston PR1 8XJ or by e-mail to tro-consultation@lancashire.gov.uk quoting reference number LSG4/894.13100/AFR before May 20, 2021.

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