INQUIRY Day 6

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  • Evidence from Roseacre Awareness Group  highways expert
    • The absence of personal accidents does not mean a route is safe or suitable
    • Proposed traffic routes are ” inherently not safe and suitable”
    • Proposed passing places and traffic signals will make things worse for pedestrians and cyclists
    • No guarantee that Cuadrilla will use all three traffic routes
    • Good driver behaviour or education can’t be relied on
    • Cuadrilla is responsible for collecting traffic data – not RAG

 

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INQUIRY Day 5

Check here for key points from today’s hearing

  • Weeks of peak traffic flow to Roseacre Wood scheme have risen from 12 to 18 weeks since the 2016 inquiry 
  • Roads around Roseacre Wood are not suitable for Cuadrilla heavy goods vehicles, Lancashire’s traffic expert says
  • 90% of respondents to a Roseacre Awareness Group survey were concerned about Cuadrilla’s plans
  • Lancashire County Council says proposed driving training for Cuadrilla lorry drivers could make things worse
  • Lancashire County Council concedes some passing places have enough visibility but maintains its position that some are inadequate
  • Cuadrilla says many roads on the lorry routes are wide enough for HGVs to pass if they use the verge
  • Lancashire County Council says the use of verges should not be promoted – they are for drainage and refuges for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Cuadrilla says the inquiry is about highway safety only. Lancashire’s traffic witness says it is also about suitability of the route
  • Lancashire County Council’s traffic witness says he has never seen horse riders on any of the three proposed routes 
  • Roseacre Awareness Group says Cuadrilla under-represented vulnerable road users in its traffic counts
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The anti-fracking campaign is stepping up its game. Where’s Corbyn?

“There are many different ways to join the battle to stop fracking in England – and this week I’ve experienced the full range close up: from lock-ons, to rallies, from legal submissions, to silence. It started on Monday morning, with the re-opened inquiry into Cuadrilla’s plans to frack at Roseacre Wood (near Blackpool), which was marked by an impressively large and diverse rally outside”. Natalie Bennett

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INQUIRY Day 4

Key points from today’s hearing

  • Lancashire County Council’s traffic witness continues giving evidence
  • Cuadrilla questions the council on its objections to the company’s highway scheme
  • Council’s traffic witness casts doubt on effectiveness and safety of proposed traffic signals and convex mirror
  • Cuadrilla will bear the cost of road widening and passing places 
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INQUIRY Day 3

Key points from today’s hearing

  • 14,775 HGV movements expected at Roseacre Wood, assuming surface water is treated on site and not tankered off – 2,483 more movements than previously estimated
  • Lancashire County Council says there have been 248 right-hand turn breaches of the traffic management plan at Preston New Road; Cuadrilla say there have been 8
  • Environment Agency issues draft permit for water treatment at Preston New Road today, Cuadrilla says
  • Convoys to Preston New Road are causing local alarm and fear, inquiry told
  • Cuadrilla admits the Preston New Road programme overran and traffic numbers were underestimated
  • Cuadrilla says protests were one – but not the only – factor behind the overrun at Preston New Road 
  • Cuadrilla confirms protests are one reason behind its new proposal for three lorry routes to the Roseacre Wood site
  • Extra routes give flexibility, the company says
  • The 2016 inspector was wrong to conclude the Hand and Dagger junction was unsafe for fracking lorries, says Cuadrilla’s traffic expert
  • Large lorries need to drive on the wrong side of the road at key junctions and bends, says RAG
  • Highways England not satisfied about use of A585 junction by Cuadrilla lorries, says RAG
  • Cuadrilla dismisses Arup’s reasons for rejecting it proposed new re
  • Most aggregates for fracking sites come from quarries or suppliers in the Lake District
  • Cuadrilla’s technical director says anti-fracking protests will reduce when shale gas industry develops

 

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INQUIRY Day 2

Key points from today’s hearing

  • Number plate recognition cameras to monitor whether Cuadrilla lorries use the correct route to the site
  • On 55 weeks, there would be more than 25 daily lorry movements to the site
  • Cuadrilla traffic consultant says HGV can navigate the Hand and Dagger junction safely
  • Signals on Dagger Road will prevent two HGVs meeting in the opposite directions, says Cuadrilla’s experts
  • Side roads entering traffic control zone creates “risky situation”, says county council
  • RAG says Cuadrilla under-estimated vulnerable road users
  • Cuadrilla did not survey vulnerable road users in most villagers on the lorry route
  • If the traffic system fails, the “chance of an injury accident is relatively low”, says Cuadrilla
  • Great weight should be given to the “excellent accident record” of the local roads, Cuadrilla’s traffic expert says
  • Highways England says A585 junction on the lorry route would need “inch perfect” manoeuvre by HGV drivers
  • Cuadrilla traffic witness admits he doesn’t know which classes of lorries will service the proposed site
  • Cuadrilla proposes to make delivery drivers cycle the lorry route
  • Impact of two new routes on local amenity is a material consideration, says Cuadrilla
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Group of knitting OAPs removed by FIFTY police officers at PNR

A knitting circle of a dozen grannies was ousted by police as they sat at the entrance to a controversial fracking site.

Protestors claim up to fifty officers removed the women from Cuadrilla’s shale gas drilling site near Preston, Lancashire, on Wednesday. 

Sharm Honey filmed the officers moving the knitting circle who were sat crocheting out of the way to allow three water tankers to leave, sparking anger among protesters.

They chanted ‘shame on you’ as the police carried the pensioners away.

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