West Lancashire MP, Rosie Cooper, managed to secure a promise from the Prime Minister that he will look into the current situation with the Ormskirk bypass. There have been growing concerns about the future of the Ormskirk bypass since the news it was not to be recommended as a transport priority to ministers.
Previously Rosie Cooper MP has raised serious concerns about the process by which the regional priorities were chosen, in particular the lack the lack of local consultation and public scrutiny in setting the new regional transport scheme priorities.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“This is the second time in the past couple of weeks I have raised West Lancashire transport issues with the Prime Minister. I think this reflects the severity of the problems that face us in the area. Currently he is looking in to the matter and will be contacting me”
“I also learnt this week that the A570 which runs through Ormskirk to Southport has been identified by regional bodies as a route of regional importance. To my mind if this route is so important then why would a bypass that would ease traffic congestion on this road not also be a regional priority.”
“The next step is to make representations to the Department of Transport making a strong case for the Ormskirk bypass to be considered for funding under this allocation. I can only imagine how the situation will deteriorate as the number of cars on the road increases. It is not as if we have an alternative, such as high quality bus services.”
This is the second time in a fortnight the local MP has managed to raise West Lancashire issues with the Prime Minister. On the previous occasion Rosie Cooper MP raised the problem of local bus services. Rosie asked for the Prime Ministers support in calling on Lancashire County Council and private bus providers not to leave West Lancashire residents stranded.
Bus services in West Lancashire have been lost through private bus providers pulling out of unviable commercial services and Lancashire County Council withdrawing funding for services which needed excessive subsidies.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“As the Prime Minister said buses are the key to tackling congestion. This certainly applies to West Lancashire. The combination of a seriously failing public transport system leaves people with no option to use their cars; and the recent decision over the Ormskirk by-pass means our towns and villages will become ever-more congested until they are gridlocked.”