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Cycle path design crucial to Lincoln's £96million Eastern Bypass plan

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: August 15, 2014

Race against time: The bypass has been designed to ease traffic through Broadgate towards Pelham Bridge

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New plans for a humble cycle path that will play a crucial part in the £96 million Eastern Bypass scheme have been lodged.

Lincolnshire County Council was forced to rethink a bridge design over Hawthorn Road – at the top of Wragby Road – as part of the bypass plans.

This came after the Government rejected initial proposals over concerns about how safe the route would be for cyclists.

Lincolnshire County Council wants to block off Hawthorn Road to motorists and build a cycle and pedestrian bridge over the bypass.

Now, four different plans to alter the exit of the cycle path on Hawthorn Road have been submitted to Reepham Parish Council as officials try to get the scheme back on track.

They are racing against time to ensure they do not lose £50 million of Government cash for the project that could be lost if plans are not firmed up by March next year.

The parish council will be asked to select one of the four new ideas put forward by the authority. The Government's funding for the bypass is guaranteed until March, but the required changes, although slight in engineering terms, will need to go through a re-application process.

Lee Rowley, senior project leader at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "We've prepared four alternative designs for the bridge on Hawthorn Road and have submitted these proposals to the parish council for consideration.

"Their responses will be used to inform which option we take forward to help deliver this important project."

The Department for Transport was concerned about the poor level of visibility of the cycle path where it joins Hawthorn Road and that was the chief reason for rejecting the proposals.

However, the council has now confirmed that plans are in hand to address the problem and put the multi-million project back on track.

Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways at the county council, said: "This process can often take time, and the funding was only originally guaranteed until March 2015, but this isn't necessarily set in stone."

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  • VictorToo  |  August 15 2014, 10:56AM

    That corner isn't helped by the lane for turning left that makes a kink in the footpath, and the garden hedge that obscures all vision. Nice to see that someone somewhere in London is considering cyclists though.

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  • dave291290  |  August 15 2014, 9:31AM

    There are plenty of cycle routes where you get to a junction or a turning and you are blinded so you have to stop and make sure its safe to cross or turn round a corner. Its incredibly unsafe because most cyclists don't look, they just shoot through and hope for the best. One of the worst corners for not seeing anything is the corner of triton road and skellingthorpe road, tight turn and a hedge blocking your view, lost count of the amount of times I have turned that corner and almost bumped into another cyclist.

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