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Major New Transport Strategy Proposed for Lancaster City Centre

Lancashire County Council last week agreed a shortlist of options for an ambitious new transport strategy for Lancaster city centre. Selections were made based on feedback received in a consultation in late 2020.

The options selected will significantly change the way vehicles and pedestrians move around the city centre.

The first option includes opening up King Street, China Street and Cable Street to two way traffic whilst designating Great John Street, Dalton Square and Thurnham Street as a route reserved for sustainable travel, emergency services and local access only.

The second option considers designating the city centre as a clean air zone with a potential £12 charge for vehicle access, with some exceptions.

The final option on the short list is prevent all through traffic from the city centre with China Street becoming fully pedestrianised and Great John Street being restricted to sustainable travel as in option 1.

Further details of all the selected options, as well as background information to the proposals can be viewed HERE. The three options will now move forward to more detailed designs which will be subject to a consultation to help select a final option. It is anticipated this consultation will take place in late summer 2021.

Lancaster BID is aware of the potential significant impact these proposals could have for businesses throughout the city centre. We are already engaging with officers at Lancashire County Council who have confirmed that local businesses will be closely consulted in the further development of these proposals.

We will keep you fully informed of progress and ensure that the voice of local businesses is heard loud and clear to help influence final decisions. As further details emerge we will seek to arrange an online briefing or BID breakfast event for you to have your say.

If you have any immediate comments about these proposals please let us know at We will collate all responses to identify any common themes which emerge and ensure these are raised with officers at Lancashire County Council.

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