MP objects to new fracking lorry route in Lancashire

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Wyre and Preston North MP Ben Wallace has formally objected to the new transportation route to one of Cuadrilla’s proposed fracking sites in Lancashire at Roseacre Wood.

In a recent letter to the Development Management Group at County Hall, Mr Wallace highlighted his objections to the route which would run between the A6, Broughton, Woodplumpton and Wharles.

Cuadrilla is applying to the county council for permission to frack at two sites – Roseacre Wood and Little Plumpton, near Blackpool.

Mr Wallace said: “I am surprised that Cuadrilla have identified this route as an alternative, especially taking into account it was considered and rejected by them previously.

“I don’t have to tell residents or road users in the area about the significant congestion in and around Broughton or about the narrow bridge and minor roads which are on the route.”

A Cuadrilla spokesman said: “The one-way (inbound to site HGV traffic) route through Broughton is an alternative proposal to our preferred two-way routing as submitted with our Planning Application.

“We have submitted this alternative one-way routing option in response to concerns expressed by Lancashire County Council about potential difficulty of HGVs travelling in opposite directions passing each other on a section of our preferred route. “