THE leader of Lancashire County Council has hit back over claims not enough is being done to solve Ormskirk’s transport problems.
MP Rosie Cooper said the county council was failing to find a solution after an email revealed it had ruled out any plans proposed in a transport study to build a road across Coronation Park in an effort to relieve the pressure on the town's roads.
She said: “I'm sure many residents will welcome the news that the road across the park will not be pursued. It was not an option I supported. However, it leaves a major question for Lancashire County Council – how are they going to solve Ormskirk traffic problems?
“ It seems to me that following this decision to shelve the road across the park that Lancashire County Council has run out of ideas. Are they prepared to wait for traffic on Ormskirk's roads to come to grinding halt. Does the town have to be gridlocked before they will act?”
But Cllr Geoff Driver, leader of Lancashire County Council, claimed Ms Cooper had misunderstood the situation and accused her of party political point scoring.
He said that the county council would be investing more than £1m over the next three years in a programme of improvements to cut congestion in Ormskirk – including a countywide system to coordinate traffic signals in urban areas – and a £325,000 scheme to make it easier for people to walk and cycle between Ormskirk town centre and the university by improving priority for cyclists and pedestrians at junctions, upgrading cycling and walking routes, and the pedestrian link between the bus station and the railway station.
He added: “We will also be investing £1m in the bus station to encourage more people to use public transport. This will complement the better cycling and walking routes to the university to give students more incentive to leave their cars at home.
We are working with our transport consultants to identify further measures that we can bring forwards to relieve congestion in the town.”