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Ringway junction to see new cycle routes instead of footpaths

Posted on - 9th February, 2016 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston News, Roads, Transport

The Ringway junction where the cycle lane works are to take place Pic: George Thompson

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Cyclists in Preston may find it easier to cross a major junction in the city.

Where Ringway, Corporation Street and Fleet Street meet is to see £12,900 spent on adding new cycle routes and paths.

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Lancashire County Council have outlined their plan for 12 different sections of cycle track on the pavements surrounding the junction.

Existing footpaths are to be ripped up and become cycle routes where pedestrians have right of way.

A report states: “The County Council is now proposing to provide off-carriageway routes for cyclists around the junction. This is particularly designed to benefit those cyclists who may feel vulnerable cycling in the carriageway at this location. This will assist in encouraging cycling within Preston city centre.

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“In addition, the recently completed Fishergate Central Gateway Phase 1 shared space scheme links the proposed cycle tracks with Preston railway station, further enhancing opportunities for sustainable travel.

“There is insufficient width for both the new cycle tracks proposed and the existing footways. It is therefore proposed to remove the footway lengths.

The shaded areas show where the footpaths would become cycle tracks

The shaded areas show where the footpaths would become cycle tracks

“This is an important decision as under S66 Highways Act 1980 the Highway Authority has a duty to provide proper and sufficient footway for use by the public on foot only, where necessary or desirable for the safety or accommodation of pedestrians.

“A footway must have been considered necessary or desirable in the past as one has been provided. It is therefore proposed to construct a cycle track but of such a width and standard that it can be used by both cyclists and pedestrians. Due consideration has been given to safety of all users. ”

Funding for the scheme is coming from the county council and Preston City Council, who are contributing £10,000 through Section 106 grants – where developers pay the council following new developments being completed.

Do you cycle in Preston? Do you use this junction? What do you think about the proposals? Let us know in the comments below

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