Plans for potential pedestrianisation and more cycle parking in Grantham
Lincolnshire County Council has revealed which changes will be made to Grantham streets to make cycling and walking easier, and is asking for input from residents on further plans.
The Department for Transport granted the council £105,500 from the first round of the emergency active travel fund to support the installation of temporary projects during the recovery from Covid-19.
For the second round of funding, due to take place later this year, the council would like residents to help shape the longer-term projects.
Work will start in the coming weeks as a result of the first lot of funding already allocated to the county council.
In Grantham, options are being explored for pedestrianisation and temporary road closures in Market Place and Guildhall Street to provide more space for shoppers and safer routes for cyclists.
Three cycle parking lots have also been allocated to Grantham, likely to be on St Peter’s Hill and in Westgate and Vine Street.
Meanwhile, give way islands will be installed to slow traffic and enable a safer cycle route on Low Road and Dysart Road.
Also planned is the removal of guiderails to provide more space for pedestrians and widen crossing area at the junction of the A52 and A607 on Sankt Augustin Way, outside the Next store.
Ahead of the second round of funding LCC will bid for, members of the public are asked to share their suggestions.
Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “This second tranche of funding is worth over £800,000 for Lincolnshire, so there is more scope for ambitious projects on our roads.
“This is why we’d like residents to let us know where they’d like to see new cycle lanes, widened paths, or road closures.
“Your ideas will help us shape the future of our streets and ensure that any changes we make are the most appropriate and useful to the community. You can also give us feedback on the changes we’re making with the first round of funding – whether the temporary measures should be made permanent, or whether you think changes would be better suited elsewhere.”
To further help shape the plans, Lincolnshire County Council will host a virtual cycling summit with invited representatives from each district and local cycling clubs.
Coun Davies added: ““The virtual cycling summit will be an opportunity to have an open discussion with local representatives from across Lincolnshire. Bringing local knowledge into our plans will make sure they will have the most benefit to their area.
“When it comes to upgrading our cycling infrastructure, having a co-ordinated approach that allows cyclists to reach more destinations will have the biggest impact on increasing the rate of cycling and take traffic off our roads.”
The Journal asked avid cyclist Paul Aust, of Barrowby, what he thought to the plans so far. He said: “My main concern is that the current cycle routes are not maintained. The main cycle routes in Grantham are poorly signed, badly designed.
“It needs further discussion with the instigators, who it seems are not listening.
“An on-site meeting could sort a lot of issues with minimal output. Also, I don’t understand additional cycle parking areas! As I have said on several occasions, let’s please put right what we already have, before adding additional problems to the mix.”
Members of the public can submit their own ideas for pavement widening, new cycleways or road closures at www.widenmypath.com
The site allows you to pinpoint on a map where you’d like to see changes.