You have told us that there are traffic issues and problems in the Thornton area. In response to this we have completed the Thornton Corridor Study. The study looks at the issues you have told us about and provides options to improve traffic conditions.
We have discussed the outcome of the Thornton Area Study with the Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services and your Ward Councillors. We have also been keeping Thornton Parish Council informed of our progress.
A Short Term Action Plan has been developed from the Thornton Area Study. The action plan sets out the work we will be getting on with straight away. Some of this work is detailed below:
- Moor Lane / Chesterfield Road Junction: Trial removal of the north bound right-turn indicative arrow, review of pedestrian crossing facilities and other traffic signal operations
- Edgemoor Drive / Thornfield Road and Ronaldsway: Public consultation on proposals for traffic management measures to reduce rat running and improve safety
- Broom’s Cross Roundabout: Undertake trial to improve traffic flows and reduce queuing
- Quarry Road / Park View / Virgin’s Lane / Ince Road: Trial alteration of traffic signals to provide Quarry Road and Park View with more green time
The Study also includes some options for longer term measures that we will continue to work on whilst implementing the short term action plan. The December update of the Short Term Action Plan has just been issued. The next update for this work will be in July 2018.
Edgemoor Drive, Ronaldsway and Thornfield Road Consultation
After very careful consideration by Cabinet Member in consultation with the Manor Ward Councillors, the decision has now been taken with regard to the future of Edgemoor Drive. Cabinet Member and the ward councillors have considered the results of the public consultation, traffic monitoring and representations from the local community.
Cabinet Member has decided to keep the closure of Edgemoor Drive and to make it permanent and that process will now be taken forward.
The report confirming the decision was published on 5/07/2018. There is a five day period from then to enable elected Members to ask questions and seek clarification from Cabinet Member. Thereafter, there is another five day period where any elected Members can request that the decision is ‘called-in’ for further scrutiny. If there is no ‘call-in’, the decision is then confirmed.
There is a formal legal process which will then need to be followed in order to make the closure permanent. This is by a Traffic Regulation Order to prohibit driving, which will be advertised in the local paper and online. There is then a period during which people can object. If there are no objections then the closure will be made permanent. If there are objections then they would be considered by the Council’s Licencing and Regulatory committee. Until this work is complete the road will remain closed and the temporary barriers will remain in place.
Ince Road, Brook Road, Virgins Lane, Southport Road Consultation
The Council has consulted with residents in the above area as to whether they would like traffic calming or not.
This consultation has now closed. Feedback will be provided to respondents in due course.