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Branch submits comments on proposed HGV route access to Roseacre Wood potential fracking site

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 13:12

Highway safety proposals.

The Lancashire Branch of CPRE has previously submitted comments to Lancashire County Council concerning the appeal by Cuadrilla of the decision to refuse permission to frack at the Roseacre Wood site ref: APP/Q2371/W/15/3134385.

The Secretary of State had given Cuadrilla additional time to submit proposals concerning highway safety, and is minded to approve if the proposals resolve concerns.

We considered the details of three routes proposed to provide access for HGVs between the A583 and A585 and the Roseacre Wood site, and associated information set out in the documents of the Traffic Consultation Report, Traffic Addendum and Traffic Management Plan. We concluded that the proposals do not adequately resolve highway safety issues.

There are unresolved issues relating to scenarios of excessive flowback fluids when many lorry loads of waste water would need to be removed from the site. Also, CPRE has made comments on critical swept paths for the proposed green, red and blue routes and a number of very narrow bends in the lanes.

The proposals for passing places, traffic lights and a convex mirror mounted on a bend make such a marginal difference, overall the cumulative impact is that highway safety will be a problem. In fact, the proposals could lead to a speeding up of traffic, and the proposals would have other adverse consequences.

The proposals raise further negative impacts with harm to rural character, hedgerows, tranquillity and local amenity, and consequently CPRE Lancashire recommends that the appeal by Cuadrilla against the Lancashire County Council decision to refuse planning consent be dismissed.

For further details please see CPRE's submission attached below and Cuadrilla's Transport Consultation Report.

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