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Grantham neighbours are baffled by cycle lane that’s wide of the mark

By Richard Yetman

Princess Drive cycle lane
Princess Drive cycle lane

A new cycle lane on a busy residential street in Grantham has bemused residents.

The cycle route was set out on Princess Drive a few weeks ago. It is believed to have cost about £10,000.

But residents have been quick to criticise, claiming it could add to hazards on the road, is hardly being used and is a waste of money.

The cycle lane has been provided as a condition of planning permission for Priory Ruskin Academy, which opened its new facility last year. The new school opened on the former Central Technology and Sports College site in Rushcliffe Road, after merging with Grantham Church High School.

Locals have been telling the Journal what they think. Some point out that the lane will be blocked by cars belonging to residents who are obliged to park outside their homes. Others are astonished the cycle lane is as wide as the carriageway.

Harrowby ward councillor Ian Selby, who lives in Princess Drive, said residents received a letter before the work was carried out asking them to make sure their cars were off the street. But he said they were not asked whether they wanted the cycle route.

He said this week: “I’m not impressed with the cycle path, it just causes confusion. A lack of consultation with the residents has not helped and this has just not been thought through properly.

“We all want safety for cyclists but it appears this is just a waste of taxpayers’ money.”

The county council’s area highways manager Mark Heation said: “The cycle path was included in the district council’s planning application for the Priory Ruskin Academy, which local residents were consulted on, through the standard planning application process.

“We are supportive of this as we actively encourage residents to travel in more sustainable ways, so having an advisory cycle lane helps to make cyclists feel safe, while encouraging motorists to be mindful of their presence.

“We would request that residents avoid parking a vehicle in this lane to try and encourage this more alternative means of transport, which the county council are supporting as part of its transport strategy. This route has been funded for by the academy and not Lincolnshire County Council.”

** Here are some of the comments added to the Journal’s Facebook page:

Kirsty Marie Collin: If there are cars parked, how can you expect people to use it? They have to use road or path.

Crystal-Jayne Freestone: Money would have been better spent on speed bumps. This road’s a race track and I wouldn’t want to cycle up and down even if the cars weren’t parked.

Dan Church: Picture proves what’s going to happen. Cars will park in it, bikes will have to go around so will lead to more accidents.

Amy Barber: Pointless! it takes up half the carriageway. They should have made it a cycle path to link in with the one on Belton Lane.

Charlene Pinky Ogborne: It could have gone on the other side or spent the money on widening the path to make a cycle lane

Debbie Dawson: They need to take away grass verges and put cycle lanes there. The council very rarely cuts the grass anyway

James Sentance: As pointless as the cycle lanes all the way down Trent Road, and as useless as the one that was recently put in just after Bridge End Road bridge.

Phil Carney: Anyone with a brain rides on proper cycle paths or slowly on the pavement, as the roads are a sure way to end up dead if you’re on a bike.

Bruce Wells: It’s so wide, if you drive with your nearside wheel (left) on the line then your offside wheel (right) is over the middle white line, but if you drive with your offside wheel on the middle white line then your nearside wheel is then in the cycle path, can’t win for being right or wrong.

Powys Fox Pitt Cook: There isn’t enough parking for the residents that side so they will always park on it at all times of day and night. Road needs speedbumps/cameras. Living next to it for 15-plus years, I can vouch that speeds people reach are ridiculous.

Steve Hotchin: Most cycle lanes are on the paths now in Grantham ie Belton Lane . Money would have been better spent filling holes in the road, Princess Drive is getting awful.

Jordan Whitworth: Disagree with the need for speed bumps. You’ll find that ‘boy racers’ actually care about their cars, which means they aren’t speeding down that road anyway - there’s a trench every 15ft where the joins are opening up, so it’s practically got speedbumps anyway. I pretty much crawl down that road

Lisa Hollingworth: Inviting accidents, ridiculous.


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