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Time to consider an alternative

Northwich Guardian: Time to consider an alternative Time to consider an alternative

I READ the article ‘Yellow lines will not solve parking problem’ relating to roads around Hartford station. More people than ever are using rail for their daily commute.

Northern Rail’s franchise agreement has been extended and the rail minister has stated that rail travel across the north will be transformed over the next five years through huge levels of government investment.

There is no doubt that the 2,500 new houses either being built or due to be built within a four-mile radius of Hartford station will increase commuter numbers.

The only question is by how many? It is quite obvious that the limited parking facilities at the station will become even more inadequate with the resultant cars parked in surrounding side streets, creating unacceptable safety hazards, particularly involving school children.

Is the solution staring us in the face? There is a 1.35 acre plot of land for sale, between Heyeswood Lane and Mornant Avenue, approximately 100 metres from Hartford station.

This is an ideal area for an additional car park for rail commuters. It has planning permission for residential properties but the aforementioned 2,500 new homes will more than meet our local needs.

This plot would serve the community more usefully by keeping our roads clear and safe for the ever increasing volumes of traffic.

Rob Brown Hartford

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6:07pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Hibernian says...

Good idea.
There's an open meeting for the Hartford Village Plan this weekend. It will be interesting to see what is planned for parking at Hartford Station - when the yellow lines were introduced, the council said that this had been "carefully planned", so they must have something in mind. The station is a real asset to the village and the wider area - it needs the infrastructure in place to sustain it.
Good idea. There's an open meeting for the Hartford Village Plan this weekend. It will be interesting to see what is planned for parking at Hartford Station - when the yellow lines were introduced, the council said that this had been "carefully planned", so they must have something in mind. The station is a real asset to the village and the wider area - it needs the infrastructure in place to sustain it. Hibernian
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3:54pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Hartford Harry says...

Fabulous idea, though unfortunately far too logical to ever become a reality.

The greedy landowner has played the system already and obtained planning permission for housing without ever intending to build on it themselves, so is now searching for a house builder to buy it.

Good luck with that, with 650 other brand new houses to choose from elsewhere in the village.
Fabulous idea, though unfortunately far too logical to ever become a reality. The greedy landowner has played the system already and obtained planning permission for housing without ever intending to build on it themselves, so is now searching for a house builder to buy it. Good luck with that, with 650 other brand new houses to choose from elsewhere in the village. Hartford Harry
  • Score: 1

10:01pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Jack Hay says...

It's certainly high time that Hartford Parish Council put forward their "carefully planned" proposal. So far we've only seen their clumsily planned parking ban which, by reducing the number of people who can use the station, is likely to get the train service cut over time. Train service planning relies on and responds to the number of tickets sold to/from a station; if the number goes down, as it will at Hartford if insufficient parking is provided, then the service will get cut sooner or later.
It's certainly high time that Hartford Parish Council put forward their "carefully planned" proposal. So far we've only seen their clumsily planned parking ban which, by reducing the number of people who can use the station, is likely to get the train service cut over time. Train service planning relies on and responds to the number of tickets sold to/from a station; if the number goes down, as it will at Hartford if insufficient parking is provided, then the service will get cut sooner or later. Jack Hay
  • Score: 4

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