RESIDENTS were today assured St Annes will remain “open for business” after the road closures and parking arrangements for this summer’s Open Golf Championships were revealed.
A number of key roads close to Royal Lytham and St Annes – staging the prestigious competition for the first time in 11 years – and on busy bus routes in will see a ban on parking, while the popular North Houses Lane will be one-way for the duration of the tournament to ease congestion.
Officials from Fylde and Lancashire County Councils have spent months developing traffic arrangements for July’s tournament, which is expected to attract 200,000 spectators.
And Paul Walker, Fylde Council’s director of development services, said: “It is anticipated this event will bring £200m into the local economy – it’s a huge event and one we’ve been preparing for the past five years.
“Obviously you can’t bring 200,000 people in without causing some disruption and our intention is to mitigate the impact on local residents and make the event as smooth running as possible.
“The main message to residents is to enjoy the week and for the town and borough to celebrate and have a good time.
“The town is not closed for business.”
Up to 10,000 drivers a day are expected to head into St Annes, with the majority being directed into three park and ride car parks – at Blackpool Road North, Ramsgate Road and North Houses – from the M55.
In total these car parks can hold 7,100 cars, while there will also be car parking on South Promenade for drivers entering the town through Lytham and an overspill car park bringing the number of official spaces up to 9,600.
It is expected the remaining drivers will use regular car parks or make use of on-street parking, although signs will be erected discouraging parking on residential streets not subject to restrictions.
North Houses Lane will be one-way between Sunday, July 15 and Sunday, July 22, with traffic allowed in-bound from the M55 between 5am and 2pm and towards the M55 between 2pm and 8pm.
A full list of roads affected by restrictions can be found at www.fylde.gov.uk.