Posted on Friday 24th June 2022
Work to create a two-way cycleway in Newcastle to provide a safe route and link to Stoke-on-Trent begins on June 27.
The Government-funded scheme will see a new three-metre wide track installed along the A52 George Street from its junction with Hassell Street and link up with the end of the existing cycleway in Stoke-on-Trent.
The cycleway will be segregated from pedestrians and vehicles by kerbs, road narrowing, footway resurfacing and pedestrian crossing upgrades.
In addition, a new reduced 20mph speed limit is proposed as well as alterations to parking space and creation of loading areas for local businesses.
The £400,000 scheme has been funded through the Government’s Active Travel Fund. A total of £1.83million was awarded to the county council for schemes across Staffordshire this year.
Work is scheduled to begin this Monday June 27 and last for 17 weeks. Temporary traffic signals will be in place as well as two side road closures throughout the scheme. A five-night road closure will also be needed towards the end of the project so that the road surfacing can take place.
Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport David Williams said:
Providing safe cycle and pedestrian routes is a priority to us – encouraging more people to use healthy and greener transport alternatives.
This scheme when completed will provide an important link between Newcastle and Stoke-on-Trent, and we’ve worked with the city council to make it happen.
It will be the first of several cycle projects in Newcastle that will create safe routes along the main transport corridors into the town.
This and the other planned schemes will help reduce congestion, improve air quality and people’s health and wellbeing.”
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