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Lancaster Car Park To 'Effectively Become A Road' During 17 Month St Leonard's Gate Closure

Part of St Leonard's Gate in Lancaster is going to be shut to through traffic for 17 months, but plans have been made in efforts to keep traffic moving during that lengthy closure.

The stretch - from Phoenix Street to St Leonard's House, will be shut by Lancashire County Council from the 18th of this month, right through until the 21st of June 2019, as St Leonard's House is converted into student accommodation.

To help relieve congestion however, Lancaster City Council is closing the lower St Leonard’s Gate car park from January 22nd - effectively changing that car park into a road itself, bypassing the closed stretch of St Leonard's Gate and helping traffic to get into the city centre westbound from Bulk Road.

It will, however, be for one-way traffic only, with a diversion in place along Moor Lane and Edward Street for motorists heading eastbound to Bulk Road from the one way system. 

To ensure the car park is suitable for passing traffic, it will be resurfaced before the road closes.

Councillor James Leyshon, cabinet member with responsibility for parking, said: “The conversion of St Leonard’s House is a major project for the city that will help create purpose built student accommodation, relieving the pressure on traditional family homes.

“But to allow the contractors to do their work, St Leonard’s Gate will need to be closed for a substantial period of time.

“It’s not ideal but taking into account that Greyhound Bridge is also due to close, we’ve worked closely with the county council to put in an alternative through the lower St Leonard’s Gate car park so motorists can continue to use this route into the city.”

The road closure has been authorised by the highways authority.

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