East Lancs motorists set to be quizzed about traffic congestion

East Lancs motorists set to be quizzed about traffic congestion

East Lancs motorists set to be quizzed about traffic congestion

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

MOTORISTS are set to be quizzed about plans to ease traffic congestion across East Lancashire – in the middle of major hold-ups on the M65.

But Lancashire County Council roads bosses insist they cannot wait until the works have been completed in December to conduct surveys designed to tackle logjams on the motorway and surrounding road networks.

Controversial plans for a bypass, running either side of Barrowford Reservoir and emerging at a point beyond Foulridge, have been suggested.

Specialist highway consultants have been enlisted to carry out surveys for the East Lancashire Highways and Transport Masterplan, but their exact locations will not be revealed so drivers do not purposely avoid the exercise.

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Oliver Starkey, highways manager for East Lancashire, said: “We'll be asking drivers to give us a couple of minutes of their time to tell us about their journey that day, which is vital for us to understand more about travel patterns and develop solutions to congestion problems.

“The information we have at the moment allows us to progress smaller schemes in the short term but we really need to develop a broader knowledge of people’s travel habits to understand the best approach to take in the long term.

“We're conscious of the fact that these surveys will be taking place at the same time as we’re doing vital work on the M65, but we are doing them at a time when this disruption will be as small as possible.”

Motorists will be surveyed in Pendle and Ribble Valley, where a growth corridor study will focus on the A59 between Samlesbury and North Yorkshire, and routes between Whalley and the M65.

Coun Joe Cooney, Pendle Council leader, said: “I am pleased that some early steps are being taken towards getting the bypass, which has been needed for a long time. Some short-term pain will hopefully be productive in the long-run.”

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4:35pm Fri 5 Sep 14

shytalk says...

If we didn't have issues with over development, we wouldn't have issues with traffic congestion. ( nice to be able to comment though for a change LET )
If we didn't have issues with over development, we wouldn't have issues with traffic congestion. ( nice to be able to comment though for a change LET ) shytalk
  • Score: 9

8:28pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Copperhead says...

How to get rid of congestion :

1 sack everyone in the town/county halls and Whitehall who anything remotely to do with transport policy.
2 Get rid of traffic calming rubbish such as speed bumps and speed tables
3 Replace traffic lights with roundabouts, which are self regulating.
4 Re-widen all roads that have been blighted with road-narrowing rubbish.
5 Sensible speed limits - i.e., 100mph on rural motorways, 80mph on dual carriageways, 20mph near schools.
6 Get rid of pedestrianisation zones - allow through traffic to relieve congestion on ring-roads and bypasses.
7 Impeach Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Jack Straw. This is nothing to do with congestion, I just think these three ars*holes should be tried and executed for what they have done to the UK.
How to get rid of congestion : 1 sack everyone in the town/county halls and Whitehall who anything remotely to do with transport policy. 2 Get rid of traffic calming rubbish such as speed bumps and speed tables 3 Replace traffic lights with roundabouts, which are self regulating. 4 Re-widen all roads that have been blighted with road-narrowing rubbish. 5 Sensible speed limits - i.e., 100mph on rural motorways, 80mph on dual carriageways, 20mph near schools. 6 Get rid of pedestrianisation zones - allow through traffic to relieve congestion on ring-roads and bypasses. 7 Impeach Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Jack Straw. This is nothing to do with congestion, I just think these three ars*holes should be tried and executed for what they have done to the UK. Copperhead
  • Score: 7

8:06am Sat 6 Sep 14

greenscreener says...

Copperhead wrote:
How to get rid of congestion :

1 sack everyone in the town/county halls and Whitehall who anything remotely to do with transport policy.
2 Get rid of traffic calming rubbish such as speed bumps and speed tables
3 Replace traffic lights with roundabouts, which are self regulating.
4 Re-widen all roads that have been blighted with road-narrowing rubbish.
5 Sensible speed limits - i.e., 100mph on rural motorways, 80mph on dual carriageways, 20mph near schools.
6 Get rid of pedestrianisation zones - allow through traffic to relieve congestion on ring-roads and bypasses.
7 Impeach Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Jack Straw. This is nothing to do with congestion, I just think these three ars*holes should be tried and executed for what they have done to the UK.
Anybody caught driving without MOT, tax and insurance should have their car impounded immediately, if they are found guilty it get scrapped, the fine is whatever it was worth .
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: How to get rid of congestion : 1 sack everyone in the town/county halls and Whitehall who anything remotely to do with transport policy. 2 Get rid of traffic calming rubbish such as speed bumps and speed tables 3 Replace traffic lights with roundabouts, which are self regulating. 4 Re-widen all roads that have been blighted with road-narrowing rubbish. 5 Sensible speed limits - i.e., 100mph on rural motorways, 80mph on dual carriageways, 20mph near schools. 6 Get rid of pedestrianisation zones - allow through traffic to relieve congestion on ring-roads and bypasses. 7 Impeach Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Jack Straw. This is nothing to do with congestion, I just think these three ars*holes should be tried and executed for what they have done to the UK.[/p][/quote]Anybody caught driving without MOT, tax and insurance should have their car impounded immediately, if they are found guilty it get scrapped, the fine is whatever it was worth . greenscreener
  • Score: 3

11:22pm Sat 6 Sep 14

petestan says...

greenscreener wrote:
Copperhead wrote:
How to get rid of congestion :

1 sack everyone in the town/county halls and Whitehall who anything remotely to do with transport policy.
2 Get rid of traffic calming rubbish such as speed bumps and speed tables
3 Replace traffic lights with roundabouts, which are self regulating.
4 Re-widen all roads that have been blighted with road-narrowing rubbish.
5 Sensible speed limits - i.e., 100mph on rural motorways, 80mph on dual carriageways, 20mph near schools.
6 Get rid of pedestrianisation zones - allow through traffic to relieve congestion on ring-roads and bypasses.
7 Impeach Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Jack Straw. This is nothing to do with congestion, I just think these three ars*holes should be tried and executed for what they have done to the UK.
Anybody caught driving without MOT, tax and insurance should have their car impounded immediately, if they are found guilty it get scrapped, the fine is whatever it was worth .
They already are nowadays for insurance it's automatic, trouble is they can get someone else who has valid insurance for another car to get it from the impound yard, although they do have to pay fees and a fine presumably.
Tax when caught they have to immediately pay what is owed in back tax plus 6 or 12 months going forwards.
MOT whilst I agree partially it's very easy to forget your MOT as you do not get any reminders through the door, besides which your car could be unroadworthy 24 hours after you have passed the test, it isn't a guarantee of road worthiness.
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: How to get rid of congestion : 1 sack everyone in the town/county halls and Whitehall who anything remotely to do with transport policy. 2 Get rid of traffic calming rubbish such as speed bumps and speed tables 3 Replace traffic lights with roundabouts, which are self regulating. 4 Re-widen all roads that have been blighted with road-narrowing rubbish. 5 Sensible speed limits - i.e., 100mph on rural motorways, 80mph on dual carriageways, 20mph near schools. 6 Get rid of pedestrianisation zones - allow through traffic to relieve congestion on ring-roads and bypasses. 7 Impeach Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Jack Straw. This is nothing to do with congestion, I just think these three ars*holes should be tried and executed for what they have done to the UK.[/p][/quote]Anybody caught driving without MOT, tax and insurance should have their car impounded immediately, if they are found guilty it get scrapped, the fine is whatever it was worth .[/p][/quote]They already are nowadays for insurance it's automatic, trouble is they can get someone else who has valid insurance for another car to get it from the impound yard, although they do have to pay fees and a fine presumably. Tax when caught they have to immediately pay what is owed in back tax plus 6 or 12 months going forwards. MOT whilst I agree partially it's very easy to forget your MOT as you do not get any reminders through the door, besides which your car could be unroadworthy 24 hours after you have passed the test, it isn't a guarantee of road worthiness. petestan
  • Score: 1

10:43am Mon 8 Sep 14

jimpy0 says...

have repeatedly reported an untaxed car since october last year and the authorities have done jack sh1t , its still parked there. and no its not sorn'd
have repeatedly reported an untaxed car since october last year and the authorities have done jack sh1t , its still parked there. and no its not sorn'd jimpy0
  • Score: 0
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