Former Mayor hits out at Peel over swing bridge rush hour debate

Warrington Guardian: Former Mayor hits out at Peel over swing bridge rush hour debate Former Mayor hits out at Peel over swing bridge rush hour debate

LIBERAL Democrat councillors have slammed Peel Ports for refusing to listen to what the people of Warrington want.

Clr Brian Axcell is favour of reducing the number of times the swing bridges in Latchford, Stockton Heath and Walton are opened during peak times and is backing the Warrington Guardian’s campaign to find out more about the traffic nightmare caused by the bridges.

Clr Axcell said: “Peel Ports announced their intentions for a big increase in freight on the canal in 2011. At that time we argued that the town’s road network could not cope with all the extra disruption this would cause unless bridge movements were restricted to night times.

“More than three years on, we still strongly believe that the swing bridges should be opened only at quiet times on the roads if serious damage to Warrington’s social and economic life is to be avoided.”

Last week, the Warrington Guardian revealed that the swing bridges on the Manchester Ship Canal were expected to open more than 100 times during rush hour.

Clr Axcell argues that the Labour council needs to be more ‘robust’ with Peel Ports in order to prevent the problem from escalating any further.

In 2012, the Lib Dems presented a petition to Peel Ports with almost 4,000 names, calling on the company to come forward with measures to stop the traffic chaos.

He added: “Peel Ports claim that the times of ship movements on the canal are governed by the tides.

“However, this does not apply to tankers sailing between Stanlow and Carrington and to maintenance vessels which never leave the Ship Canal, all of which regularly pass through Warrington at inconvenient times for residents.

“At the moment, the whole of Warrington has to wait when a ship passes through the town.

“We think it should be the other way round. It is about time that Peel Ports listened to what residents are saying to them.”

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8:37am Thu 30 Jan 14

flashcoffy says...

Does anyone else feel the Guardian are serving their own agenda more than any other with this?

We've had 5 stories in the past week. 3 of which are basically a game of "he said/she said" between the council, Peel and a former Mayor?!
Does anyone else feel the Guardian are serving their own agenda more than any other with this? We've had 5 stories in the past week. 3 of which are basically a game of "he said/she said" between the council, Peel and a former Mayor?! flashcoffy
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11:26am Thu 30 Jan 14

TheSmithBoy says...

I live next to the swing bridges, and see what happens on a daily basis.

I don't blame Peel at all. Don't forget that the town has oddly benefited from the declining traffic on the canal. I can remember the bridges swinging 25 times each day, now it's 2-3 at most.

Blame sits fairly and squarely with Warrignton Council. The bridges were built in the late 19th century to cope with 19th century road traffic. It is not Peel's fault that the Council has routed more and more roads/traffic over Peel's bridges.

If the Council was at all serious about reducing traffic congestion in the town, then years ago they should have built their own high level crossing over the canal and reduced our reliance on what is after all another company's property.

Runcorn/Widnes started with a footpath on the railway bridge, then the transporter and now the Runcorn-Widnes bridge. There are now plans to build another cross.

What have Warrington done - NOTHING! The Council should stop blaming others for their own lack for foresight.
I live next to the swing bridges, and see what happens on a daily basis. I don't blame Peel at all. Don't forget that the town has oddly benefited from the declining traffic on the canal. I can remember the bridges swinging 25 times each day, now it's 2-3 at most. Blame sits fairly and squarely with Warrignton Council. The bridges were built in the late 19th century to cope with 19th century road traffic. It is not Peel's fault that the Council has routed more and more roads/traffic over Peel's bridges. If the Council was at all serious about reducing traffic congestion in the town, then years ago they should have built their own high level crossing over the canal and reduced our reliance on what is after all another company's property. Runcorn/Widnes started with a footpath on the railway bridge, then the transporter and now the Runcorn-Widnes bridge. There are now plans to build another cross. What have Warrington done - NOTHING! The Council should stop blaming others for their own lack for foresight. TheSmithBoy
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4:36pm Thu 30 Jan 14

stewlycoscom says...

TheSmithBoy wrote:
I live next to the swing bridges, and see what happens on a daily basis.

I don't blame Peel at all. Don't forget that the town has oddly benefited from the declining traffic on the canal. I can remember the bridges swinging 25 times each day, now it's 2-3 at most.

Blame sits fairly and squarely with Warrignton Council. The bridges were built in the late 19th century to cope with 19th century road traffic. It is not Peel's fault that the Council has routed more and more roads/traffic over Peel's bridges.

If the Council was at all serious about reducing traffic congestion in the town, then years ago they should have built their own high level crossing over the canal and reduced our reliance on what is after all another company's property.

Runcorn/Widnes started with a footpath on the railway bridge, then the transporter and now the Runcorn-Widnes bridge. There are now plans to build another cross.

What have Warrington done - NOTHING! The Council should stop blaming others for their own lack for foresight.
Couldn't agree more.
[quote][p][bold]TheSmithBoy[/bold] wrote: I live next to the swing bridges, and see what happens on a daily basis. I don't blame Peel at all. Don't forget that the town has oddly benefited from the declining traffic on the canal. I can remember the bridges swinging 25 times each day, now it's 2-3 at most. Blame sits fairly and squarely with Warrignton Council. The bridges were built in the late 19th century to cope with 19th century road traffic. It is not Peel's fault that the Council has routed more and more roads/traffic over Peel's bridges. If the Council was at all serious about reducing traffic congestion in the town, then years ago they should have built their own high level crossing over the canal and reduced our reliance on what is after all another company's property. Runcorn/Widnes started with a footpath on the railway bridge, then the transporter and now the Runcorn-Widnes bridge. There are now plans to build another cross. What have Warrington done - NOTHING! The Council should stop blaming others for their own lack for foresight.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. stewlycoscom
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