Free parking bays plan to ease traffic problems in Blackrod
FREE “limited-time” parking bays could be introduced to ease long-standing traffic problems in Blackrod — along with a range of other measures.
Horwich and Blackrod councillors have been working towards the proposals, which will seek to improve parking provision in the town and deal with a serious congestion issue in the Manchester Road area.
Residents have welcomed some of the proposals but have asked for certain issues to be “looked at again”.
Parking provision could also be improved for local businesses by relaxing existing restrictions and introducing limited-time parking bays.
The bays would be located at the Ridgway by the side of the Traditional Fish and Chip Shop and also in front of the newsagents in New Street.
Councillors believe that trade in both locations is hampered by the present parking restrictions and the limited parking facilities available.
Cllr Stephen Pickup said: “Along with my ward colleagues, I have been working with the police and council officers to look at improving issues of road safety and parking provision across Blackrod.
“A number of changes have already been implemented successfully and these proposals aim to further improve the situation for residents.”
Cllr Ann Cunliffe added: “The ward councillors have been listening to the problems associated with the road congestion in Blackrod at the junction of Greenbarn Way and the Pool Green area — safety of children, pedestrians and road users is paramount and these proposed double lines could save a life.”
Congestion and road safety issues have been caused in Manchester Road — at the junction with Greenbarn Way — as parked cars have stopped traffic from moving freely.
This has led to instances of vehicles mounting the kerb to get past or meeting head on with oncoming traffic and not giving way — leading to gridlock. Parking and road safety problems are particularly prevalent during the opening hours of the nearby Blackrod Primary School.
Double yellow lines are now being proposed in the area to try to resolve the issue and there are also plans to extend double yellow lines in the Pool Green area — where congestion is also a problem.
Blackrod resident John Price, aged 68 has welcomed some of the proposals but said that the issue in Manchester Road needs looking at again.
He added: “I think the parking bays outside the shops are a terrific idea and I really appreciate how hard the councillors are working on this — because parking in Blackrod is a big issue, full stop.
“But if you put double yellow lines on that part of Manchester Road, the people that were parking there will have to park elsewhere — causing an issue for others.”
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