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New cycle lane coming to Gloucester

Gloucestershire County Council will be installing a new cycle lane along London Road, Cheltenham Road and sections of Estcourt Road in Gloucester from Monday, 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 on 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.

The work could be a missing piece of the sustainable transport jigsaw, aimed at connecting the current Cheltenham Road cycle facilities near the Oxstalls Lane university campus to the city centre.

Crossing points along London Road will get an upgrade 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.

The 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 to get the work done as quickly as possible, with minimal disruption to residents and businesses.

Councillor 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 the 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."

As Gloucestershire recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, 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.

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.

More information on the London Road scheme can be found at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/london-road

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