Lancaster's cabbies fears over bridge closure

by Gary West


The city's taxi drivers are apprehensive about the closure of Greyhound bridge, with worries that it could have a severe effect on their business and their customers.

It has been revealed that the bridge will be completely closed for six months from January next year, for what Lancashire County Council describes as "substantial maintenance" to be carried out.

Three months before the six month closure, in September, the nearby Skerton Bridge will be temporarily changed to allow two way traffic while preparation work is done on the Greyhound bridge.

Everything should be back to normal in June 2018.

Lancaster taxi driver John Trainer said: "I don't think it will be too much hassle providing they get the road dimensions right.

"With the opening of the new link road, it won't be as bad as people think."

He added: "They have to get it done, as the longer it goes on the worse it will get."

Another of the city's taxi drivers, who refused to give his name, wasn't quite as optimistic though, and said: "It's going to impact on my business a lot. The town is going to be absolutely gridlocked.

"Six months is a long time. Customer fares will go up, and we'll lose out as we'll lose customers. its going to add 30 to 40 minutes on some standard journeys getting across the river."

Morecambe & Lunesdale MP David Morris, who had met with Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling to press for the cash, said: "It is imperative that this work takes place.

"I have had a number of conversations with Chris Grayling following the application made by County for the funding, to impress how important this project is to our area."

The county council will provide more information about how exactly surrounding roads will be affected nearer the time, when the work is due to begin.

Friday, August 4, 2017 at 3:21PM
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