Following on from a public consultation during the summer to introduce a one-way traffic restriction on Kingsway, a revised Penwortham to Preston Cycle Superhighway scheme has been developed to respond to many of the concerns raised, and keep the existing two-way traffic flow.Advertisement
Lancashire County Council is proposing the new scheme to provide a two-way cycle track along Liverpool Road on Penwortham Brow, crossing Kingsway, and forming a continuous cycle track between Penwortham district centre and Broadgate in Preston.
The revised scheme will still deliver a segregated cycle track and has been designed with the safety of walkers and cyclists in mind, with a parallel crossing on a road hump and a central refuge island provided for safer crossing.
The Penwortham to Preston Cycle Superhighway would be delivered by Lancashire County Council and funded by the Department for Transport’s Active Travel Fund (Tranche 2).
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The scheme aims to provide for a significant potential demand for cycling along this route, and build on the success of the new Bypass. John Horrocks Way provides a convenient alternative for through traffic and has helped to reduce congestion in Penwortham along Liverpool Road.
Proposed works would link the cycle track that was recently constructed as part of the Tesco development on Liverpool Road with the section introduced across Penwortham Bridge, as part of complementary works to support the Bypass.
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County Councillor Charlie Edwards, cabinet member for highways and transport said: “We want to thank everyone who has commented on our proposals around Kingsway, including Katherine Fletcher MP, who has presented the findings of her survey to us.
“The wealth of feedback we have received during our engagement period, which closed at the end of July, have been fully considered to ensure that we put the right measures in place.
“We’ve developed a revised solution to what was previously put forward, which still supports the wider aims to improve facilities for those travelling the mile between the Cop Lane junction and Preston city centre. These proposals will be discussed at cabinet next week.
“As well as providing safety improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable users, the new cycle track will reinforce our efforts to discourage through-traffic from Penwortham and onto the Bypass. By encouraging sustainable journeys, we can improve local air quality and support further opportunities to enhance the local centre.”
The proposed measures will be discussed at a meeting of the county council’s Cabinet on Thursday 2 September and a decision will be made on whether to proceed.
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