West Lancashire Borough Council are working with Lancashire County Council on exciting plans which will make it easier to walk or cycle between Ormskirk town centre and the Edge Hill University side of town.
Our plan is to improve the footpaths and create dedicated cycle lanes along St Helens Road and Ruff Lane as well as changing the design of the traffic lights to make it easier for cyclists to cross safely from Ruff Lane to St Helens Road. Ruff Lane would be made one way to all vehicles between Knowsley Road and St Helens Road, but would be kept two way for cyclists.
We believe doing this will encourage more people to cycle and walk between the town centre and rail station and the university campus and so reduce the number of cars travelling to the campus or trying to find parking on or near there. We are also planning further improvements for walking and cycling to link the recently completed shared use path between the rail and bus stations to this project.
Councillor David Evans, portfolio holder for Planning, said: “The scheme would really benefit cyclists and walkers and it would be part of a series of measures that we hope will encourage more residents and visitors to leave their cars at home and enjoy Ormskirk and the rest of the borough by cycling and walking, which will be good for their health and improve air quality in the town.”
The plans will be considered by our Cabinet on Tuesday 8 September. If approved the works will be carried out by Lancashire County Council. The project will be funded by a combination of developer contributions related to developments at Edge Hill University and Local Transport Plan funding from Lancashire County Council.