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Cycle lanes revamp work now underway

Cycle lanes revamp work now underway

by Danielle Thompson (October 2021)

WORK has started on revamping cycle lanes in Southport town centre.

The work includes refurbishing road markings, signage and replacing vandalised traffic bollards along both Hoghton Street and Queen’s Road.

Sefton Council has commissioned contractors to begin works to ‘improve the facilities available to cyclists and other road users.’

The refurbishment works include:

l Amended and retouched road markings

l Changes to cycle lane width where space permits

l Enhanced junction marking

l Installation of permanent separation wands

l Implementation of additional signage.

The town centre cycle scheme was introduced as part of Government’s mandated Emergency Active Travel Scheme.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s cabinet member for locality services, said: “We are all too aware that Sefton, like many other councils, were told by the Government to quickly implement strict active travel schemes.

“Owing to the timescales set to us by the Government, there was relatively little time to develop the Hoghton Street project fully and this was further compounded by a national shortage of materials available to our contractors.

“Now, following a detailed series of independent reviews, we have identified and implemented a series of modifications which we feel are necessary to ensure this scheme is as effective as possible.

“Once these modifications have been implemented, we remain fully committed to reviewing the scheme after six months.

“Neither the Department for Transport nor the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority have provided definite criteria on which to judge the successes of such a scheme.

“As such our teams will use detailed and publicly available cycle usage data, along with further survey work, to inform future decisions over whether this scheme becomes permanent, modified further or is ultimately removed.”

According to Sefton Council, between December 2020 and June 2021 alone, “more than 100,000 cycle based journeys were recorded using state of the art real time counters which have been installed on Chapel Street, measuring the amount of bike based traffic between Talbot Street and Hoghton Street.”

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