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Comments Off on Colne – Foulridge Bypass

There has been a lot of discussion about the proposed Colne – Foulridge Bypass and it impact on Thornton in Craven as well as Earby and Kelbrook. There are a few comments than have been emailed to the  website site and along with contact details local councillors and authority’s if you like to put your point across

Highways Director David Bowe NYCC  david.bowe@northyorks.gov.uk  

Julian Smith MP  julian.smith.mp@parliament.uk

Highways Executive member Gareth Dadd NYCC (cllr.gareth.dadd@northyorks.gov.uk)

Team Leader Transport Planning NYCC  Andrew.Bainbridge@northyorks.gov.uk

Dear Julian Smith

Proposed bypass M65 to Foulridge

I have just read in the Craven Herald that there has been no consultation between Lancashire County Council and North Yorkshire County Council regarding the proposed bypass.  Obviously, Lancashire are going to dump their problem on to us.I know that Andrew Stephenson MP for Pendle is involved in all this and, like you, is a supporter of the Rail Enthusiasts SELRAP.

I live in Thornton in Craven and strongly disagree with the proposed bypass unless North Yorkshire County Council agree to extend it to bypass Kelbrook, Earby and Thornton in Craven.  If they don’t it is just shifting the problem but making it much worse.  What will happen when the traffic reaches Wysick if SELRAP have their way.  If there are two trains per hour, the A56 will be closed for nearly 30 minutes and the build up of traffic will be much worse that it is now at Cross Hills.  At the level crossing at Cross Hills there are two alternative routes i.e. the Keighley bypass and the small road leading into Cross Hills, but this lot will have nowhere to go.

Dear Mr Bowe,

I am forwarding the email I have written to Mr Julian Smith which is self explanatory.

I am sure North Yorkshire County Council will think that this is ‘not a good idea’ as the A56 is the main road between Yorkshire and Lancashire and is not suitable for any more traffic.  If the bypass ends at Foulridge, it seems obvious to me that a lot of extra traffic, that usually goes on to Cross Hills, will also pass our way.  Our road was made for horse and carts and carriages not the huge wagons that use it today.

 

Dear Mr Smith,

Re Selrap

I have been a Tory Voter all my life and when David Cameron came to Barnoldswick I was lucky enough to be included in the audience.One of the issues raised was by the above organisation regarding the opening of the railway between Colne and Skipton and I would be very grateful if you would let my following views be known to them if every you attend any of their meetings at Herriots.As you are aware these people have many supporters from far and wide but I wonder how many of them are well acquainted with the area and the impact such a project would have on the lives of the people from Foulridge, Kelbrook, Sough, Earby and Thornton in Craven.
The A56 is the main road from Yorkshire into Lancashire and is a motorway by stealth as much of the traffic using the road is heading to or from the M65 motorway.  I have lived in Thornton in Craven for 30 years and during that time the road traffic obviously, as everywhere, has increased beyond your imagination but we have to live with it.
At Cameron Direct I approached the men from Selrap and invited them to my home for  breakfast during the summer months from 6.00 am to let them see for themselves the volume of traffic and the noise and to let them see that I could never have a window open even in the hottest weather.  They were not interested as they are all Rail Enthusiasts and didn’t seem to have much common sense or interest in how it would be to have a railway line at the back of your property and a motorway by stealth at the front in all the villages on the A56.

Reply from David Bowe  NYCC  –  Ref Lancashire County Council A56 Colne / Foulridge Bypass

Thank you for your e mail of 10 December 2013 and the copy of the e mail you sent to Julian Smith MP.

It is unfortunate that, in the light of its potential impact on communities in North Yorkshire, Lancashire County Council (LCC) did not discuss the bypass proposals with North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) prior to launching the public consultation. However, NYCC have expressed their disappointment with this oversight and have received the assurance of LCC that in future they will work closely with us on this matter.

Clearly the proposed bypass of Colne and Foulridge does have the potential to have an impact on traffic in North Yorkshire possibly diverting traffic away from the communities of Cowling, Glusburn and Crosshills and on the A56 through Thornton in Craven and this is a matter of concern for the County Council. At this stage LCC have not assessed this potential impact and NYCC will therefore be pressing them to do so before the bypass proposals are developed any further.

The details of the consultation on the bypass and its potential implications on North Yorkshire were discussed by local County Councillors at a meeting of the Craven Area Committee on 12 December 2013 and they agreed to set up a small working group of local County Councillors to work with Lancashire County Council to ensure that all the issues around cross Pennine traffic on the A56 and A6068, including the Colne / Foulridge bypass proposals, are properly considered by both County Councils.

Funding for major bypasses such as Thornton in Craven is provided by central Government. Earlier this year the County Council reviewed all the potential bypass schemes in the County, including Thornton in Craven, to assess whether they would meet the criteria for attracting this Government funding. Based on the timeframes for completion of a bypass and the criteria to attract this Government funding it is highly unlikely that we will be able to provide a bypass of Thornton in Craven in the period to 2021.

With regards to the possibility of bypasses of Kelbrook and Earby these communities lie in Lancashire and as such it would be for Lancashire County Council to consider them.

Any proposals by SELRAP to re-open the Skipton – Colne railway are a separate, through related, matter however this would not stop the provision of a Thornton in Craven bypass in the future. Additionally any re-opening of the railway or new bypass would have to provide bridges for the railway rather than level crossings.

Yours sincerely

David Bowe

Reply from Andrew Bainbridge Team Leader Transport Planning NYCC  

The County Council are aware of the proposals for the A56 Colne / Foulridge Bypass included in Lancashire County Councils consultation on the East Lancashire Highway and Transport Masterplan. The details of the consultation on the bypass and its potential implications on North Yorkshire were discussed by local County Councillors at a meeting of the Craven Area Committee on 12 December 2013.

Clearly the proposed bypass of Colne and Foulridge does have the potential to have an impact on traffic in North Yorkshire possibly diverting traffic away from the communities of Cowling, Glusburn and Crosshills and on to the A56 through Thornton in Craven and this is a matter of concern for the County Council. At this stage LCC have not assessed this potential impact and NYCC will therefore be pressing them to do so before the bypass proposals are developed any further.

The Craven Area Committee on 12 December 2013 therefore agreed to set up a small working group of local County Councillors to work with Lancashire County Council to ensure that all the issues around cross Pennine traffic on the A56 and A6068, including the Colne / Foulridge bypass proposals, are properly considered by both County Councils.

Funding for major bypasses such as Thornton in Craven is provided by central Government. Earlier this year the County Council reviewed all the potential bypass schemes in the County, including Thornton in Craven, to assess whether they would meet the criteria for attracting this Government funding. Based on the timeframes for completion of a bypass and the criteria to attract this Government funding it is highly unlikely that we will be able to provide a bypass of Thornton in Craven in the period to 2021.