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Objections to Experimental TRO - Ladyhouse Lane, Milnrow

Meeting: 11/09/2019 - Pennines Township Committee (Item 14)

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To consider whether the proposed Traffic Regulation Order, detailed in the report, be made permanent.

Minutes:

The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods regarding the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) at Ladyhouse Lane, Milnrow. Over several years complaints have been received about motorists contravening the Prohibition of Right Turn Order from Elizabethan Way into Ladyhouse Lane. The contraventions increase the number of vehicular movements along Ladyhouse Lane, which is partly residential. Higher speeds are often associated with motorists using alternative shorter routes. Motorists waiting to turn right also hinder ahead movements on Elizabethan Way. Pennines Township provided funding to introduce an experimental one-way traffic order to address the issues reported and to assess the impact of the changes.

 

The Experimental Order was introduced on 29th December 2018 and during the consultation period the Council received seven letters of objection to the proposal, one letter of support plus a petition. In general, the objectors report that the one-way order unnecessarily inconveniences the local residents of Milnrow by making some of their journeys longer and that the problem with contraventions could be solved by other alternative measures.

 

Alternatives considered:

The Committee could consider recommending that the Experimental TRO is not made permanent. If the Committee decided not to make the experimental order permanent then the issues with motorists contravening the prohibition of right turn order and increasing the use of Ladyhouse Lane, plus the negative effect on traffic flows on the strategic highway, which were reported to Pennines Township Committee, will not be addressed.

 

Resolved:

1.     The Township that the proposed Traffic Regulation Order, Borough of Rochdale (Ladyhouse Lane, Milnrow, Experimental (One-way Traffic and Prohibition of Driving) Order (1) 2018 be abandoned in light of the representations received, which are outlined at Appendix B of this report.

2.     The Head of Highways be requested to submit a report to a future meeting of the Township Committee exploring future options.

 

Reasons for the decision:

Complaints had been received about motorists contravening the Prohibition of Right Turn Order from Elizabethan Way into Ladyhouse Lane. The contraventions increased the number of vehicular movements along Ladyhouse Lane, which is partly residential. Higher speeds are often associated with motorists using alternative shorter routes. Motorists waiting to turn right also hinder ahead movements on Elizabethan Way. Pennines Township has provided funding to introduce an experimental one-way traffic order to address the issues reported and to assess the impact of the changes.

Eligible for Call-in Yes.