PLANS have been finalised to keep traffic moving and minimise disruption for local residents as up to 200,000 visitors flock to the Open Golf at Royal Lytham and St Annes in July.
Main car parks will be located at Blackpool Road North, Ramsgate Road, North Houses Lane and the seafront opposite Fairhaven Road, with a park and ride system operating, while parking and access restrictions will apply to a host of roads.
But as residents in affected roads were this week being informed of how the traffic arrangements will affect them, the message from leading officials of Fylde and Lancashire County Councils was that everything possible would be done to keep disruption to a minimum and keep the area moving.
“We have worked hard with the R&A and other partners to try and ensure a smooth flow of traffic while maintaining access for residents and businesses,” said Paul Walker, Fylde Council’s director of development services.
Some 10,000 vehicles a day are expected during the course of the tournament, which runs from July 15 to July 22. That is a similar number to when it was last staged locally 11 years ago.
“All our information shows that traffic flow to such tournament has remained fairly constant over the years and we are confident we can comfortably accommodate the expected vehicle numbers,” said Jim Robson, Lancashire CC’s Assistant Director Environmental Services (North).
Motorists arriving from the M55 will be directed to the car parks at Blackpool Road North and Ramsgate Road, with a joint capacity of 3,600, and North Houses Lane, which can accommodate 3,500. The latter will be reached via a one-way system operating along the Lytham moss road.
The South Promenade car park and an overspill facility at Fairlawn Road, Lytham can take 2,500 and is the suggested park and ride destination for drivers coming in from the Preston direction.
The majority of spectators travelling from the Blackpool direction are expected to use public transport, which is being increased in frequency, with a shuttle system set to operate from the tram terminus at Starr Gate.
Trains to Ansdell and Fairhaven will have increased capacity.
Parking will be made available at a number of sites for residents affected by the parking and access restrictions who don’t have off-street parking. Details from www.fylde.gov.uk