On the 15th March the Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee will meet to discuss and make decisions on various topics including deciding the outcome for the A259 Temporary Cycle Lane Extension.
At the end of last year, consultation took place on the planned changes on the A259, a report has been made based on this feedback as well as amendments to the plans which feature in this report. Initially this was due to be brought to the commieetee at the end of January, however the revised plans were not ready, so it was delayed for this committee. The report recommends that the committee approves the plans for the cycle lane & authorises construction.
The scheme is being funded by the Active Travel Fund tranche 2, this money can only be spent on Active Travel schemes
What is for the future?
Once these plans are approved, it will be constructed over a couple of months in the early summer. No exact dates have yet been provided but we can expect them to happen in May/June 22. As this is a “temporary” scheme, it doesn’t need a TRO to be approved before construction, instead a ETRO (Experimental Traffic Restriction Order) will be published which can last up to 18 months. Over that period people can comment on the order, at the 18 month point the ETRO can either be made into a permanent TRO, or reverted to the previous restrictions/layout. The first section was made into a permanent TRO late last year.
In the next few years we can expect to see a permanent solution along the A259, which will see the current/proposed temporary layout changed to provide a better permanent solution. This permanent solution will likely include redesign of the whole road, adjusting all aspects to optimise space.
The plans PDF is available for download at the bottom of the page
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