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A570 works finished

04.26.08 | Comment?

The works on the A570 between Stanley Gate and Scarth Hill Lane are now complete.  I’ve not had any complaints come my way about the works, other than some concern about the scarring of road verges on the diversion down Poppy Lane and Croppers Lane, which I’ve asked to be addressed, and in general people appear to have accepted the need for a diversion during the works. This is either because there simply weren’t any big problems – though there was inevitable disruption to residents the work were completed on time and were done during the night hours that had been advertised – or because the Highways Agency dealt with residents’ concerns directly, as they had promised they would.

I’ve written to ask whether, now that the pavement has been improved, it might be possible to designate it as a joint footpath/cycleway.  As a regular cyclist on this stretch myself, I know that the narrowness of the roads and the bends combine to cause delays to cars behind me, and I have had several ‘squeezes’ by more impatient motorists keen to get past me.  The footpath is not used much by pedestrians beyond the main group of houses at the  Stanley gate end, so getting cyclists off the road would seem at first sight to make sense.  I am sure there are technical specification issues on this, but I’ve asked that the possibility be at least investigated.

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