Broadgate CYCLOPS junction opening event being held

Posted on - 5th July, 2023 - 5:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Broadgate, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Roads, South Ribble News, Transport
An aerial view of the new CYCLOPS junction at Broadgate Pic: Lancashire County Council

Preston’s ‘first of its kind’ CYCLOPS junction is being officially opened this Sunday.

Where Broadgate meets Fishergate Hill and Strand Road the ‘Cycle Optimised Protected Signals’ junction has been under construction from Lancashire County Council.

Members of the public are being invited to come and experience the new junction which aims to make it easier for people walking, wheeling and cycling and is the first of this style of junction in Lancashire.

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Bikes will be on hand for people to have a go on and try out the new cycle paths during the opening event on Sunday (9 July) from 11.30am to 3pm.

A key feature of a CYCLOPS junction, which cost around £1.8m, is an orbital cycle track that circles the junction, providing an alternative off-road route to protect cyclists from general traffic while allowing everyone to use the junction safely.

People walking/wheeling are provided with more space at the junction and have dedicated crossings, which are separated from cycle crossing points, unlike more traditional crossings.

Up above the new Broadgate junction Pic: Lancashire County Council

‘Mini’ zebra crossings are also used on the footway to provide pedestrians with priority when crossing the cycle track, helping to protect vulnerable users.

The CYCLOPS junction, which saw construction begin in summer last year, also serves the traffic-free Guild Wheel circular route, which benefits from the inclusion of two-way cycle crossings in two locations, providing direct links across the Guild Wheel cycle route and to the Penwortham to Preston Cycleway.

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County Councillor Scott Smith, lead member for highways and active travel for Lancashire County Council, said: “The award-winning CYCLOPS concept, first piloted in Greater Manchester and adapted now for Lancashire, is now appearing in more and more towns and cities across the UK.

“It’s great to see Lancashire’s first CYCLOPS junction up and running and, while it may take a little getting used to, I am confident all road users will feel its benefits.

“I’d like to encourage local residents to come out, have a look at the new junction and perhaps even have a go at our event on Sunday 9 July.

“Encouraging more people to ditch the car and take up more active forms of travel, particularly when travelling in and around Preston city centre, is a big goal of ours.

“Our new CYCLOPS junction will help people do that, and will make this busy junction easier and safer for all.”

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Have you been through the new CYCLOPS junction yet? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below

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