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Bypass plans welcomed by Pendle councillor
AMBITIOUS plans to progress a proposed bypass around Colne – to tackle the logjam at the end of the M65 – have been given a cautious welcome.
The Lancashire Telegraph revealed yesterday that the long-awaited £40million A56 villages bypass scheme had been named a priority in the county council’s new East Lancashire Transport Masterplan.
The official consultation exercise into the masterplan begins next week, amid pledges that the bypass would ease the bottleneck around North Valley Road and Vivary Way.
Coun Graham Waugh, Colne area committee chairman and Foulridge Conservative councillor, believes it is time to consider ‘what is best for Pendle’, even if his home village may be directly affected. He said: “I will bend over backwards to bring this investment into Pendle if it is going to improve our communications links and I would challenge any politician who wants to stand in the way. We should work together to secure the funding for this project – and then negotiate over the fine detail of what the best route might be.”
County councillor Dorothy Lord, who represents Pendle Central for the Liberal Democrats, added: “I welcome the plan, especially if it alleviates the horrendous traffic problems on the North Valley Road and the traffic issues on North Valley estate.”
The thorny question of how the furthest parts of East Lancashire can be linked with West and North Yorkshire has pricked consciences for more than 20 years.
Controversial proposals to extend the M65 through Colne’s South Valley were ditched in 1996 and a more expansive A56 bypass, running to Thornton-in-Craven, was put on the backburner as long ago as June 2000.
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