News: Cycle Routes On Track
Thursday, 3rd June 2004
Cycling and walking is to become safer around Skelmersdale after Lancashire County Council approved £300,000 to link the outskirts to the town centre.
The county's £300,000, approved this week, is to be added to £240,000 offered to West Lancashire Council by the New Opportunities Fund in a bid to transform commuting around the town.
The three routes to be completed by 2007 are:
- Northern route - town centre to Ashurst.
- Westhead Clough route - town centre to Birch Green to Fosters Green.
- Delph Clough route - town centre to Elmers Green.
County Councillor Jean Yates, Lancashire County Council Cabinet member for Highways and Transportation, said:
"Consultants surveyed cycling in Skelmersdale in 2003 and a questionnaire of residents suggested that a network of radial cycle routes leading to the town centre would be ideal.
"The public perception was that existing cycle routes and footpaths did not lead to where people wanted to go and were poorly maintained.
"Lighting will be better on these new routes and, where possible, different-surface road crossings will be used to give people an alternative to using the subways.
"The routes will be suitable for cyclists and walkers who will benefit from a traffic-free route to help them get about safely and healthily."
Other routes into town will be constructed as funds become available. The eventual idea is that all will feed into a central circular route going round the town centre. Part of this circular route will be constructed by 2007.
For further information please contact: Neil Graham on 01772 531095