Line painters back-pedal over confusing cycle lane in Church Street, North Walsham

11:50 20 July 2012

ABRUPT ENDING: Dave Robertson, mayor of North Walsham, beside the cycle lane on the town

ABRUPT ENDING: Dave Robertson, mayor of North Walsham, beside the cycle lane on the town's Church Street which finishes before the road junction. Photo: ALEX HURRELL.

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Line painters will have to make a return visit to North Walsham after incorrectly marking out a town-centre cycle lane.

The cycle lane, along Church Street, was repainted after recent resurfacing plus separate work by Anglian Water, but the new lines, confusingly, came to an end several metres short of the street’s junction with Vicarage Street and Bacton Road.

Norfolk County Council was alerted to the problem by North Walsham county councillor Paul Morse and the town’s mayor, Dave Robertson, who were concerned about road safety.

“It is dangerous because the cycle lane just disappears for a few yards so motorists entering Church Street don’t know to expect cyclists coming towards them in a one-way street and get too far over to the right,” said Mr Morse.

After an initial inspection, a county engineer failed to see what the problem was but Mr Morse said he had met an engineer at the site this morning to point out his concerns and the engineer had agreed that action had to be taken to extend the markings, although the recent wet weather meant the council had a backlog of work so no date could be given for the repainting.

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  • The road markings were correct before the resurfacing work took place - does NCC and Highway Maintenance not keep maps and records of what markings are on the county roads? Or do they allow the workmen to just paint whatever markings they want?

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    Pete Bogg

    Monday, July 23, 2012

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