West Lancashire Labour’s Rosie Cooper has responded to Appley Lane North residents’ concerns over parking and traffic problems in and around Appley Bridge train station by calling a meeting between them and numerous agencies.
Rosie brought together local residents, businesses and key agencies in an effort to find a workable solution to the parking and traffic problems along Appley Lane North.
Lancashire Constabulary, Lancashire County Council, Network Rail, National Rail, local landowners and residents all met with Rosie to discuss how to resolve the different issues they had.
Residents are struggling with the volume of parking near their houses, which is making it difficult to get in and out of their driveways, or even get down the road safely.
The problems arise from the high number of commuters from West Lancashire who use Appley Bridge station to travel to Manchester, as it is a cheaper station to travel from than Parbold and other West Lancashire stations.
Appley Bridge sits on the boundary of Lancashire County Council and Transport for Greater Manchester transport authorities, and the different subsidies lead to much cheaper fares for those travelling to Manchester than those travelling from nearby Parbold.
The meeting discussed a number of potential solutions including parking restrictions, charges and alternative parking areas.
“The situation is a mess. It is encouraging that so many are travelling on the trains but we need to find a way to solve the problem with the lack of parking. Appley Lane North residents and business owners are having to live with the consequences and it can’t continue.
“Bringing all the interested parties together we have now begun the process of finding a solution that works for everyone.
“There won’t be any quick answers but if we don’t start there’ll never be any progress.
“Each agency is now going away looking into their own areas, including the potential for housing a car park on nearby private land, jointly managed by some of the agencies.
“I would like to thank all the residents and agencies including the police, Lancashire County Council, National Rail and Network Rail for their time and willingness to work with me to find a solution.”