17th Feb, 2020

Cycle and footway work set to begin

Rob George 12th Feb, 2020

HIGHWAYS chiefs have revealed work will begin next week on a new separated cycle and footway on New Road.

The footway/cycleway which runs along New Road adjacent to the cricket ground, will be split into two lanes, one for cycles and one for pedestrians.

Bollards and new signs will clearly set out the dividing line between the two lanes, for pedestrians.

Work will begin on Monday (February 17) and will last up to five days. The inside lane of New Road will be closed during non peak times to allow the work to take place.

Half-term week has been chosen for the work to minimise disruption and speaking to the Observer, Coun Alan Amos – the county’s highways chief – said he welcomed the plans.

“It provides a safer route for all users and the signs and markings will ensure cyclists and pedestrians are aware of the safest place to use,” he said.

“There are inherent dangers for pedestrians in sharing the same space as cyclists, some of whom unfortunately behave irresponsibly.

“Wherever and whenever possible in the future, we will be rolling out more segregated footpaths and cycle routes to keep both separate.”

The scheme will run for a trial period of six months, to allow for assessment and feedback from users of the new segregated pathway and cycleway.

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