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Department for Transport's National Productivity Investment Fund: Victoria Street / Northgate Link transport project

August 2018 update: Following the information sessions attended by businesses and the general public which took place at Blackburn Museum and Blackburn Library at the end of July, the Council has produced a summary of the events, with responses to comments made and updates on scheme progress.

Blackburn with Darwen Council has been successful in its bid to open up streets around King George's Hall to boost business and entertainment in the area, with the bid to the Department for Transport's National Productivity Investment Fund being approved.

The £2.9 million project aims to open up Northgate to through traffic at Sudell Cross to improve access to King George’s Hall and the new Reel Cinema development,as well as give direct access from Barbara Castle Way onto Tontine Street (one way direction changed) to provide easier access to local businesses and King Georges Hall. Pedestrian facilities between the Town Centre and the Whalley Range area will also be significantly improved.

The project will remove vehicle congestion and conflicts, improve movement and access to significant new development sites, addressing issues which have been raised in previous consultations on Blackburn Town Centre.

The project aims to generate further economic activity and local productivity in the Blackburn inner urban and Town Centre area.

Other changes include:

  • Victoria Street changed to in-only with additional on-street parking created
  • A new link road constructed at Richmond Hill for direct egress onto Barbara Castle Way from the Mall
  • Richmond Terrace opened up at the Victoria Street end
  • New and significantly improved pedestrian facilities across Barbara Castle Way to aid crossing movements between Whalley Range and the Town Centre
  • Additional on street car parking created at Sudell Cross and Richmond Terrace

Drop-in events open to everyone will be held in late July for people to find out more about the scheme:

  • Blackburn Museum, Museum Street, Blackburn, BB1 7AJ. Thursday 26th July 2018, 3pm – 5pm
  • Blackburn Central Library, Town Hall Street, BB2 1AG. Monday 30th July 2018, 4pm – 7pm

Council officers will be on hand to answer any questions about the project.

Department for Transport Challenge Fund 2A

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Local Transport Plan (LTP3)

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council's third Local Transport Plan (LTP3) is a long term strategic document covering the period 2011-2021 and is the key mechanism for articulating and delivering transport policy at a local level.

The fundamental purpose of transport is to enable economic and social activity. Transport helps people to get to jobs and services and to visit people and places. It allows businesses to access suppliers and customers. However, transport also impacts upon people and places; traffic congestion brings delay, road accidents cause injury and death, and vehicle emissions affect people's health and contribute to climate change.

Effective transport policy is not only reactive to local needs but also has an important role to play in enabling and encouraging more sustainable choices whilst helping to meet wider policy objectives.

Smarter travel choices

Blackburn with Darwen Council is committed to promoting smarter travel choices to help towards making our roads safer, cleaner and traffic free.

You can find a wide range of information about healthier, greener ways of travelling including walking, cycling, car sharing and public transport on the BwDConnect website.

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Mail Transport policy, Town Hall, Blackburn. BB1 7DY
Phone Number(s) 01254 585310
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