Plans to improve accessibility in an East Lancashire town are set to be unveiled.

The proposals aim to make Nelson a safer place for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers by improving traffic flow in the town.

Pendle Borough Council is encouraging anyone who lives, works, visits, or studies in Nelson to have their say on the proposals.

Accessible Nelson is one of seven projects part-funded by the £25 Nelson Town Deal – a 10-year plan for the town.

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Improvements may also be delivered as part of Lancashire County Council’s Levelling Up East Lancashire programme.

Councillor Asjad Mahmood, leader of Pendle Borough Council said: “Accessible Nelson is all about transforming our town centre and improving routes into and through Nelson.

“Our aim is to extend the high-quality environment we already have in the heart of the town whilst making routes safer and more pedestrian and cycle friendly.

“By easing congestion to keep a steady flow of traffic, we can create a better balance for all and reduce carbon emissions.”

The proposals include:

  • Creating attractive main gateways into Nelson, including widening footpaths
  • Tree planting and designs which create a greener and more inviting town centre
  • Better junctions at Leeds Road/Scotland Road, Railway Street/Broadway, Sagar Street/Holme Street, to improve traffic flow
  • Improvements to junctions for cyclists and pedestrians

Two community engagement sessions are taking place so local people can find out more.

  • Drop-in event – Wednesday, November 22 at Nelson Library on Market Street, 3pm-6.30pm
  • Microsoft Teams – Wednesday, December 6, 5.30pm-7.00pm – book a place online at

Stephen Barnes, chair of Nelson Town Deal board, said: “Please have a look at the plans and tell us what you think.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to help us improve the routes into and through Nelson town centre.

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“Through the Accessible Nelson project we want to keep a steady flow of traffic and create a better balance for all users.”

County councillor Aidy Riggott, cabinet member for economic development and growth, added: "This is just one example of how working in partnership will lead to direct benefits for people in Lancashire – in this case improving the traffic flow for all road users who travel in and around Nelson town centre.

“We are keen to hear from as many local people, businesses and organisations as possible. These views and insights will help us to shape and inform our plans for Levelling Up East Lancashire moving forward.”