New coach park and crossing plan for Morecambe seafront

A new coach stop off point is being planned near the Eric Morecambe statue.
A new coach stop off point is being planned near the Eric Morecambe statue.

A new Morecambe promenade coach park and an improved ‘pedestrian gateway’ to the town centre are part of plans to be approved by Lancaster City Council cabinet.

One of the car parks next to the Eric Morecambe statue could be changed to create a pick-up and drop-off point for coaches.

Five current car parking spaces would be lost to make way for the coach point, which could also be used as a bus stop.

The other car park near Eric would also be changed to create a pedestrian crossing immediately opposite the statue.

This would replace the current crossing nearby. Another crossing further up the promenade to the east could also be removed to make way for the new one.

The idea is for passengers to get off coaches immediately beside ‘Eric’ and then access the town centre more easily.

The proposals are part of a wide-reaching blueprint for Morecambe’s future, called the Morecambe Area Action Plan (MAAP).

Extra spaces could also be created in the car parks opposite Queen Street and Morecambe Town Hall.

The work is expected to take place in 2015/16 at a total cost of £90,000, with the new bus and coach park facilities set to be in place for the 2015 season.

Other projects in the pipeline as part of the MAAP include a £5,000 upgrade of pedestrian signposts in the town centre, better connections between Queen Street and Pedder Street, and an upgrade to Euston Road and New Town Square (the area outside the Arndale Centre where the Morecambe crest mosaic is.)

The council cabinet is expected to approve the work at a meeting at Lancaster Town Hall on September 2 at 10am. All welcome.