Plea for Cringleford cycleway to be moved amid fears changes will make it even more dangerous

Residents and workers at Newmarket Road, Cringleford, concerned at the possible changes to the exist

Residents and workers at Newmarket Road, Cringleford, concerned at the possible changes to the existing cycle path near their driveways, and taking away their parking. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Anxious people living on a road where a cyclist died after being hit by a car fear changes to the road will make it even more dangerous - and are urging council bosses to move the cycle lane completely.

The existing cycle path at Newmarket Road, Cringleford, which could become two-way, doubling it's si

The existing cycle path at Newmarket Road, Cringleford, which could become two-way, doubling it's size. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Council bosses are looking to add double yellow lines on stretches of Newmarket Road at Cringleford - the stretch of residential road separate to the A11.

A contraflow cycle lane runs past the homes and the council's proposed changes would direct riders coming through Eaton over the A11 at Colney Lane and down the slip road onto the track.

Double yellow lines would be put in, which would mean people would have to park in drives, rather than on the road.

They say that would force them into the cycle lane when pulling out, while removing parked cars could encourage speeding.

The path on the other side of the dual carriageway at Newmarket Road, Cringleford, which residents h

The path on the other side of the dual carriageway at Newmarket Road, Cringleford, which residents have put forward as an alternative cycle path, instead of doubling the size of the existing cycle path near their houses. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017


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Frustrated that the first phase of work was done before consultation on the second was finished, they are urging council bosses to think again.

They say it would make more sense to move the cycle lane to the other side of the A11.

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They say the path is already very wide there and the closure of the old Cringleford school means it is now little used.

Pauline Webster, of Newmarket Road, said; 'There should never have been a cycleway in this road. Now is the time to get it right.

'Cringleford has changed hugely over the last 20 years and will continue to do so.

'Many of us have had near misses with cyclists, bad weather and dark evenings make it worse.'

The residents have the support of Cringleford Parish Council, while county councillor David Bills has been highlighting their concerns at County Hall.

A spokeswoman for Transport for Norwich said: 'Cycling facilities in this area need to balance a range of demands, accommodating residents, public transport, pedestrians and cyclists.

'There has been regular contact with those who live and work nearby to listen to their concerns and alternative suggestions and adjustments have been made to plans where appropriate.'

She said proposals had passed safety assessments and would provide better facilities.

Cyclist Cyril Harrison died in January last year, nearly three months after he was hit by a speeding driver on the road.

He was not using the cycle lane at the time of the crash.

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