Cycle safety to be improved on road

Retfors Road, Worksop from B&Q Distribution entrance and Manton Wood Enterprise Park were Notts County Council will widen the pavement from 1metre to 3 metres to make it safer for cyclists
Retfors Road, Worksop from B&Q Distribution entrance and Manton Wood Enterprise Park were Notts County Council will widen the pavement from 1metre to 3 metres to make it safer for cyclists
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Cycle safety will be improved on a busy Worksop road after Notts County Council successfully bid for Government funding.

The local authority has been given £194,000 towards the cost of widening an existing pavement on Retford Road to allow it to be used by cyclists.

The scheme will provide a high quality, shared use facility on the north side of the B6040 Retford Road by widening the pavement - which is only one metre wide - to three metres.

Transport Minister Normal Baker announced last week a £40 million package to improve dangerous routes and junctions for cyclists.

The cash will see improvements at 78 locations across the country, with work set to be finished in the next 12 months.

The road has an on-road cycle route in both directions along its section between Shrewsbury Road near the town centre and the B&Q distribution centre entrance. However, there are currently no facilities between the B&Q entrance and the Enterprise Park, and cyclists are regularly intimidated by large lorries.

The route is used by around 300 cyclists a day and latest figures from the council show that there have been five accidents on Retford Road involving cyclists since 2008.

The council will contribute £50,000 from its Local Transport Plan budget.

Paul Hillier, the county council’s principal Local Transport Plan officer said: “The scheme is expected to play an important role in improving access to local employment opportunities.

“In the longer term, it is hoped that the facility will also provide a connection between the proposed leisure routes in the former colliery site and the nearby Chesterfield Canal.”

The council was also awarded £183,000 to improve cycle safety at the Amcott Way roundabout in near Retford town centre.