Transforming Lancaster Travel
What is happening and why
Lancashire County Council and Lancaster City Council are working together to provide the delivery of major transport improvements in the District of Lancaster. The overall aim is to enable Lancaster to grow and also to promote sustainable travel options to access the city centre.
The project aims to assist in the delivery of housing growth in Lancaster: the first stage focused on the infrastructure needed to unlock the South Lancaster Strategic Growth Area; the second stage is to guide the development of new communities and ensure new homes, built to meet local housing needs are accessible by public transport and active travel.
These infrastructure improvements for travel in Lancaster are:
- Reconfiguration of M6 Junction 33 – so that traffic does not have to pass through Galgate;
- Link Road – to provide a direct highway connection to the new motorway junction and improvements to the junction of the A6/Hazelrigg Lane; from Lancaster and the South Lancaster Strategic Growth Area.
- Lancaster City Centre Movement and Public Realm Strategy - to provide substantially enhanced public transport links between the University, new South Lancaster Strategic Growth Area and Lancaster City Centre in an effort to encourage modal shift away from private vehicles. This will include reallocation of highway capacity for a new bus priority system through the city centre, with changes to the gyratory system in order to improve bus reliability and resilience and reduce journey times;
- Cycle Superhighway – this will link South Lancaster Strategic Growth Area and the city centre, Lancaster University's Health Innovation Campus and the university itself. This will pave the way to transform it into a key sustainable travel corridor. More information on this scheme will be published in the future.
- Other Schemes - Further measures as part of the Department for Transport Safer Roads Fund to include safety improvements at the Pointer Roundabout and average speed cameras between Galgate and the Pointer Roundabout to provide a safer environment along the A6 will be brought forward because funding has been secured. There is the potential for a Park and Ride facility in the vicinity of the reconfigured Junction 33 which will be evaluated in the future if deemed to be required.
The first schemes to be brought forward are the M6 Junction 33 Link Road/ Reconfiguration of M6 Junction 33 (M6 Junction 33 Link) and the Lancaster City Centre Movement and Public Realm Strategy.
Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback in the consultation. In February 2021, we published reports of the preferred options for both schemes which were approved by cabinet to be taken forward. This means that detailed plans will now be drawn up on preferred options for making major changes to the way people travel to and within Lancaster, and work will begin on a planning application to create road access to the proposed Bailrigg Garden Village.