What alternative solutions does TSLM propose?
Many years ago, the County Council decided to build a road, and has spent decades trying to justify it. TSLM believes that there is no one solution to our transport problems, but instead a comprehensive package of measures is needed.
TSLM has worked with other like-minded local transport groups to develop a package of measures, which could include:
Ø A high quality spinal bus route between Heysham and Lancaster University, with enhanced feeder spur routes.
· With dedicated bus lanes and junction priority measures, where possible
· Public transport bridge at Luneside
Ø Rail system upgrades
· Upgrading the environment at railway stations, with more stations serving residential areas
· upgrading signalling between Lancaster & Morecambe
· Improving facilities to allow some transfer of port freight from road to rail.
Ø Improving cycling infrastructure
Ø Redesigning the existing Lancaster City Centre gyratory
Ø Park & Ride
Ø Online road improvements, particularly to the A683, between Junction 34 of the M6 and Heysham Port.
· With alternative measures reducing local traffic, the A683 could be improved or widened to ease access to the port.
These proposals have been costed at £30 to £40 million, saving up to £100 million on the cost of the Link Road.
For a detailed description and costing of these alternative solutions, see the James Report sections 5.11 to 5.20