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Cyclists warned after ‘near misses’ on the Guild Wheel

Posted on - 10th June, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, News, Transport
Where the Guild Wheel leaves D'Urton Lane Pic: Keith Sergeant
Where the Guild Wheel leaves D’Urton Lane Pic: Keith Sergeant

Cyclists on the Guild Wheel are being asked to walk their bikes along two parts of the route.

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Lancashire County Council has issued the plea for cyclists to dismount on two short sections of D’urton Lane – following a number of near misses with workmen.

Work is ongoing in the area to construct the Broughton Bypass and the 100metre section has signs asking the cyclists to get off their bikes.

Highways design manager for the county council John Gatheral said: There’s a great deal of construction activity at the moment affecting two short sections of D’Urton Lane near the Broughton Roundabout, and it’s vital for everyone’s safety that people using the Guild Wheel follow the signs in place.

“We have created a secure route through the site for people on the Guild Wheel but we’re asking cyclists to walk a short way as there is not enough room for them to ride through while pedestrians and people who are working on the bypass are using the same limited space.

Further work on the Bypass
Further work on the Bypass

“The majority of cyclists are observing the signs but there are a few who are putting themselves and others at risk by refusing to walk through. There have been a few near misses, and for the sake of the couple of minutes it takes to walk instead of ride, it’s really not worth the risk of someone being injured.

“We’re sorry for the inconvenience while this work is carried out, and we’re grateful for people’s patience. Once the bypass is open there will be far less traffic on the section of the Guild Wheel between Broughton village and Broughton roundabout, resulting in a much better environment and allowing us to make big improvements to that part of the Guild Wheel.”

Read more: A6 to be closed at Broughton during bypass work

The bypass is due to be completed during August and cuts out drivers needing to use the Broughton crossroads.

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