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The Greyhound Bridge Effect

8th February 2018

Last week saw the closure of Greyhound Bridge for 6 months to carry out vital repair work. So far footfall impressions in the city centre have seen a negligible difference to figures from 2017 and before the closure.
 
Our recent Facebook survey found that out of the 234 respondents, 71 % said that the closure meant their journeys in and around Lancaster 'hadn't changed much' compared to 29% who felt the closure has had 'a severe impact'. 
 
BID Manager Rachael Wilkinson said: "We're pleased that Lancashire County Council delayed the planned start of this work until after the busy Christmas trading period, where Lancaster performed significantly better than the North West and UK averages in terms of footfall impressions."
 
"It's inevitable that there will be some initial disruptions to traffic, but the advance information and carefully planned diversion routes should ease any teething problems. The new Bay Gateway and dual access over Skerton Bridge will still allow easy access into the city centre and there is still great access available via train and cycle routes, which are unaffected by the work."
 
Businesses that believe there has been a 'material change' that affects their business as a result of the works may be able to apply to the Valuation Office Agency for a temporary reduction in their business rates. Find out more more here. 
 
We are keen to hear businesses experience of the closure. Please get in contact at bidmanager@lancasterbid.org



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