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HGV ban proposed for urban areas of Lancaster

26/7/16: Lancashire County Council has announced proposals to ban heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) over 7.5 tonnes from parts of Lancaster district. The plans aim to reduce the number of unsuitable vehicles making unnecessary journeys through the city centre and over the city's bridges, improving journey times, improving air quality and reducing traffic noise.

Heysham to M6 link road will be named The Bay Gateway

18/3/16: County Councillor Jennifer Mein with a Bay Gateway sign The official name for the new Heysham to M6 Link Road is The Bay Gateway, chosen by the public. More than 9,000 votes were cast, with The Bay Gateway taking almost half of all votes. The official name for the new route, also known as the A683, will be used to describe the road and will feature on signposts, maps, and Sat Navs.

County Council floats Community Buses Proposal

14/11/15: Lancashire County Council is offering communities the opportunity to run their own bus services through parish, town and borough councils to improve existing services and develop new routes.

Lancashire prepares for winter

5/11/14: Image: Lancashire County Council With temperatures expected to plummet tonight, Lancashire County Council is ready for the winter weather and is urging residents to prepare for the cold. Lancashire's fleet of 49 gritters will be out tonight for the first time this winter. They will treat the roads whenever a freeze is expected.

Lancaster and Morecambe set to benefit from just--announced road safety improvements

1/9/14: Lancashire County Council is to invest £1m in a raft of new schemes to improve road safety over the next two years, with both Lancaster and Morecambe set to benefit.

Ban old tyres on public vehicles, urges county council

21/5/14: Vehicles which provide a service to the public such as coaches and taxis should not be allowed to use tyres which are more than 10 years old, according to Lancashire County Council. Councillors unanimously supported a Notice of Motion proposed by County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, at a recent meeting of the Full Council.

Rural bus services "saved" (for now) as County Council backs down after massive public protest

6/2/14: Campaigners against proposed swingeing cuts to rural bus cuts across Lancashire are celebrating after the County Council, facing huge public outcry, announced it had backed down on the plans.

Consultation begins on proposed cuts to local evening and Sunday bus services

20/12/13: Eric OllerenshawLancaster MP Eric Ollerenshaw has raised concerns about Lancashire County Council's proposal to make massive cuts to evening and Sunday bus services in the House of Commons.

Government confirms funding for Heysham to M6 Link Road

13/12/13: Work will begin in earnest in the New Year on the Heysham to M6 Link Road after the government confirmed funding for the scheme. The Department for Transport has finalised its £111m contribution towards the road today, a route which which will link the Heysham Peninsula to the M6 motorway, marking the start of a new era for economic growth and improved transport.

M6 Link clears last legal hurdle, County Council's favourite white elephant finally goes ahead

28/11/13: Pictured at the construction depot for the M6 link - the County Council's Heysham to M6 Link Road project director Steve McCreesh, Costain project manager Andrew Langley, County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and tran! sport, Phil Barrett, LCC director of Lancashire Highway Services.

County Council gets ready for winter

8/11/13: Lancashire County Council is urging everyone to be ready to keep themselves warm and healthy at home, and safe when making journeys this winter. Gritters left the depot for the first time earlier this week to treat roads in some parts of the county ahead of forecast frosts, with almost 32,000 tonnes of salt in stock for the season and 1,800 grit bins filled to the brim.

Heysham M6 Link Road moves a step closer

4/10/13: Work on the £124 million Heysham to M6 Link Road has moved a step closer after the High Court rejected an application for a judicial review with a compelling judgment. In a statement announcing the road is to go ahead as planned, the County Council has also indicated its hopes that the building of the link will improve the chance of a third nuclear power station at Heysham.

Transport expert warns against 'localisation' of railways

16/8/13: John WhiteleggLocal transport expert Professor John Whitelegg has warned against proposals from Lancashire County Council to get the government to press ahead with plans to hand powers to manage rail franchises to local councils in the north of England, arguing it would make provatised rail even worse than it is now.

Drink driving falls in Lancashire

26/7/13: Results from the police's annual summer drink drive crackdown show that the number of people caught drink driving in Lancashire is down. A total of 11,398 tests were administered throughout the month of June and 144 of the people who took the test – or 1.26 per cent – failed.