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New cycle route to be created in Avenham

Posted on - 6th August, 2014 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Avenham, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Transport
Queen Street will see a new cycle route added

Queen Street will see a new cycle route added

A new section of cycle route will be added to a city centre road.

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Queen Street, Avenham, along its left-hand side as you head into the city centre will see a new shared-used pavement created.

It will have a cycle lane and pedestrian access along its length to where a toucan crossing meets Manchester Road and Avenham Lane.

See a map below of the 400 metre stretch, or if you’re on our app click here

The pavement was widended last year at a cost of £40,000 to make ready for the cycle route to be introduced.

Lancashire County Council say the route is needed as the cycle routes in the south and east of Preston into the city centre are “poor”.

A report to cabinet member for transport, county councillor John Fillis, states: “The existing footway has recently been widened to 4 metres as part of an earlier scheme. This widening was carried out with cyclists in mind for future use and is considered suitable for conversion to a shared use cycle track.

“The conversion would not jeopardise the safety of pedestrians as the footway is sufficiently wide to safely provide a route for both pedestrians and cyclists. Should the scheme be approved it could ultimately link to other improvements for cyclists currently being considered.”

The signings and markings work to turn it into a cycle route is to cost £2,000 and comes from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

Preston city county councillor Yousuf Motala and properties fronting onto the road were consulted but raised no objections.

Improvements to the Queen Street area are coming think and fast as planning approval was given to restarting the Queen Street retail park plan.

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