Traffic gridlock predicted in Whalley

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A STUDY of traffic in Whalley commissioned by the action group Save Whalley Village has predicted gridlock unless action is taken.

An exhibition about traffic congestion in Whalley was staged by the action group with organisers declaring the event a success.

Around 200 villagers heard from Mr Ian Richardson, director of Capita Symonds, Blackburn, and from Mr John Threlfall, business director of local bus operator Transdev Lancashire United.

The exhibition, at Whalley Abbey, was intended to communicate to residents the critical traffic problems faced by the village over the coming years should development plans go ahead.

The study, commissioned by Save Whalley Village using public donations, looked at how traffic would grow under a number of different development scenarios. One considered sites for which applications had been submitted or there had been pre-application discussions with the borough council.

Mr Richardson explained that under this scenario by 2021 queue lengths approaching the two mini roundabouts in the village would stretch up to one kilometre and produce delays for drivers in the region of 15 minutes.

Mr Nick Walker, chairman of Save Whalley Village, said: “We now have hard evidence that key junctions are already at capacity. The message from this work is that within a few years the road network in Whalley will cease to function effectively.

“Gridlock will be the result unless a proper plan to mitigate the effects is put in place right now.”

Mr Threlfall then gave attendees an insight into a bus operator’s perspective on congestion. Using recent video footage from on-bus cameras, he explained the delays from congestion forced bus operators to put on more buses to maintain the same level of service. This in turn could affect the viability of services.

After the presentations residents had the opportunity to ask questions, and look round display boards describing traffic problems in the village and current development plans.

The report is available for download from {http:// www.savewhalleyvillage.org.uk|www.savewhalleyvillage.org.uk}. Anyone interested in further information or who wishes to join the Save Whalley Village group can e-mail info@savewhalleyvillage.org.uk, phone 07508 660404, or write to: 1 Cornmill Mews, Whalley, BB7 9ST.