Projects agreed to boost cycling in East Lancs

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Improvements have been agreed by Lancashire County Council's cabinet to make it safer and easier for journeys by bike in Haslingden.

The proposals to add sections of cycle track are part of ongoing work to create the East Lancashire Strategic Cycleway Network, linking towns and employment sites to make cycling for work and enjoyment a good option for more people.

Establishing the network involves linking and improving existing off-road routes, and adding better on-road infrastructure to improve safety where there is no option for an off-road route.

The cabinet agreed on Thursday 11 April to go-ahead with plans for a dual-use cycle and pedestrian track along St Crispin Way, and a section of cycle track at the junction of Station Road and Booth Street to provide protection for cyclists as vehicles exit from the busy A56 Haslingden Bypass.

These are part of further improvements in the pipeline for this area to provide a partly off-road route linking Hud Hey Road to Grane Road via Booth Street, Flip Road and St Crispins Way.

The cycleway improvements in Haslingden form part of the wider National Cycle Route 6, linking Accrington to Stubbins near the Lancashire boundary.

Stephen Young, executive director of growth, environment, transport and community services, said: "The need for these improvements is identified in our East Lancashire Highways and Transport Masterplan, partly in recognition that the nature of the valley roads means it is difficult to provide extra capacity for vehicle traffic, so providing better sustainable transport options must be a priority.

"These cycle and pedestrian routes are also largely off-road and picturesque, so should appeal to people who simply want to enjoy the outdoors, as well as serving an important purpose for commuters, and people who wants to make short journeys locally."

The East Lancashire Strategic Cycleway is being funded by £2.6m from the Lancashire Growth Deal through the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership in addition to £3m from Lancashire County Council and £0.25m from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, with £5.85m approved in total towards the project.

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