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Objections mount to Derby Street bridge decision

Objections mount to Derby Street bridge decision

by Henry James (October 2021)

A PETITION launched by political party Our West Lancashire calling on Lancashire County Council to reconsider its decision, based solely on computer modelling, to reduce traffic to a single lane on the Derby Street railway bridge in Ormskirk, has already received more than 500 signatures.

The petition calls on Lancashire County Council to carry out a formal trial of one lane operation on Derby Street Railway bridge before making the planned permanent change.

At the end of September The Champion reported how borough councillors were critical of the authority’s decision.

The county council has said, “traffic modelling is a tried and tested method of evaluating how changes to the design of a road will affect traffic.”

They have gone onto say: “Due to minor delays in processing the listed building consent and agreeing access to Network Rail property, the works to strengthen the bridge and change the layout are now anticipated to start in January 2022 rather than in November 2021 as was originally planned.”

However, Our West Lancashire does not agree, and they are urging people to sign their petition.

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A spokesperson for Our West Lancashire, said: “Given the widespread local concern that this decision has generated, we urge Lancashire County Council to undertake a simple trial for a fixed period before spending huge sums to impose a permanent change that could cause the congestion nightmare many residents fear.

They also wrote on their site: “Lancashire County Council seem determined to steam roller over the concerns of Ormskirk residents and reduce Derby Street railway bridge to a single lane.

“The Lancashire County Council decision is based on computer modelling alone. This petition calls for an official trial run. A short trial would be a cheap and easy way to gauge precisely what the impact will be.

“Councillors from all parties are in agreement that a trial run is the best way to go.”

Our West Lancashire hope to “significantly” boost numbers on the petition.

l To sign the petition visit https://www.ourwestlancashire.co.uk/index.php/484331

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