Concern over bus lanes plan

Blackpool Council's plans to make part of Central Drive a two-way bus lane and (below) Charlie Docherty.

Blackpool Council's plans to make part of Central Drive a two-way bus lane and (below) Charlie Docherty.

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Police have raised concerns over plans to make parts of Central Drive two-way for buses – because of the effect it will have on emergency access.

Reporting to the Central Holiday Area PACT meeting, chairman Charlie Docherty claims the concerns of road policing Sgt Peter Beresford had been “ignored”.

Charlie Docherty

Charlie Docherty

Mr Docherty (right) said: “The only thing I can say is what chance have we got (in fighting the contraflow) if Blackpool police are being ignored by the council?”

Coun Mark Smith, who represents Talbot ward, said there were positives in the contraflow system.

He said: “There will be better access to Promenade. Rather than going down New Bonny Street, drivers will be able to go down Chapel Street. This will ease traffic coming on to the Promenade. This isn’t signed off and in place, and there needs to be further investigation.”

The contraflow is expected to cost £300,000, which will come from a £1m Better Bus grant secured last year.

It will help improve the reliability of Blackpool’s buses and reduce journey times by up to three minutes.

A police spokeswoman said: “As with all plans that affect the county’s roads, we, along with the other emergency services, were offered the opportunity to feed into the consultation process. We submitted our concerns and recommendations into the council for them to make the final decision on how to take the plans forward.”

Coun John Jones, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We have been in dialogue with the emergency services on this issue and have taken their views on board. We will continue to meet with local residents to discuss the issues to find the best possible outcome for all concerned.”

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