New cycle lane coming to Gloucester
From 3 August, Gloucestershire County Council will be installing a new cycle lane along London Road, Cheltenham Road and sections of Estcourt Road in Gloucester, creating a link between Longlevens and the city centre, hospital and railway station.
Cyclists will soon be able to ride down London Road towards Gloucester in a new trial cycle lane. As part of the trial, Estcourt Road and Cheltenham Road will have new sections of segregated cycle way complemented by a new cycle lane around Estcourt Roundabout.
This work could be a missing piece of the sustainable transport jigsaw, aimed at connecting the current Cheltenham Road cycle facilities near Oxstalls Lane University campus to the city centre.
Crossing points along London Road will get an upgrade too, and two new zebra crossings will be installed to help pedestrians to stay apart and stay safe.
In order to create a continuous cycle lane along London Road a number of parking spaces have been moved to nearby side roads. The council has worked hard to protect parking in the area by increasing the overall number of spaces. Some residents will receive a free permit for allocated spaces a short walk away.
This work is part of the wider government strategy to reallocate road space to cycling and walking, and will support the limited capacity on public transport as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and social distancing. Funded by the Emergency Active Travel Fund, London Road is the last of four trial sites in Gloucestershire and is eagerly awaited by many.
The council will use temporary traffic lights and “shuttle working” to get the work done as quickly as possible, with minimal disruption to residents and businesses. Additionally, there will be a road closure for two nights on Estcourt Roundabout and dates will be announced later this month.
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for environment and planning, said, “The county council is committed to making it easier and safer for people to choose to cycle – and this is the first of a number of major cycling schemes I hope to announce in coming months. This scheme is a key link in Gloucester, connecting the city centre to the University, and to wider cycle network. It will also form a step along the road towards an improved cycle route between Gloucester and Cheltenham. It will make a big difference – and I would ask local residents to be patient with us whilst we complete the works.”
At its peak, cycling in Gloucestershire increased by 190 per cent during the coronavirus lockdown and the council is keen for this trend to continue. The county already has a large number of available cycle routes and increased maintenance is hoped to make a difference.
Why is this work happening?
The London Road scheme is being introduced under temporary traffic regulations specifically brought in by the government to quickly respond to Covid-19, both to encourage active travel and to assist social distancing on public transport as lockdown restrictions are eased.
As Gloucestershire recovers from the Coronavirus pandemic, these cycling and walking improvements will assist economic recovery around Gloucester, offering greener travel choices that will not only make it easier for both residents and visitors to access city centre jobs, services, education, shopping and visitor attractions, but help reduce carbon emissions and tackle the effects of climate change.
More information on the London Road scheme can be found online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/london-road
Find out more about the Cycling and Walking Social Distancing scheme, and wider improvements in Gloucestershire online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/cycling-and-walking-social-distancing-scheme