I received a number of comments about the new cycle lane on Pool Bank New Road. The Council’s Highways officer has responded as follows:

“Dear Councillor Anderson,

As you are aware the proposals along Pool Bank New Road are to address several complex issues and the aim of a cycle lane whilst providing a positive facility for one of our vulnerable road user groups, also enables longer standing road safety concerns along this section of highway to be addressed.

These concerns along Pool Bank New Road are:-

  • drivers using this route at inappropriate speeds;
  • Width of running lanes offer drivers a sense of security to allow speeding;
  • Cyclist who attempt to cycle up Pool Bank New Road are caught out by the severity of the gradient, which often results in cyclists either having to stop at an inappropriate and unsafe    location or have to weave from side to side to maintain momentum to continue their climb.
  • Properties along the route do not have adequate sight lines and request to improve their access and egress has been an ongoing concern for several years now.

Therefore to aid this vulnerable road users group an uphill cycle lane has been introduced to offer cyclist a safer passage and to guide drivers around any slow moving cyclist. The provision of this cycle lane has enabled to the main running lanes to be narrowed to a more conventional width, which in turn should force motorist to slow their passage along this route and abide by the prescribed speed limits.

We have also provided edge of carriageway lines supported by hatch marking at the access points to the residential properties which lead onto Pool Bank New Road. This will offer greater visibility for these residents when exiting their drives, which combined with the reduced running lane speeds should make access and egress from their properties a much safer experience.

The cycle lane should stop before where the approach lane towards the Dyneley Arms junction flares into two running lanes for the signal junction and therefore the introduction of the cycle lane should not have any adverse effects of the operation or efficiently of the junction. If the queue on some occasions extends beyond the marked two lanes approach and motorist choose to queue in two lanes (when only one is marked on site) then they can continue to do so. The cycle lane is only an advisable marking to offer cyclist some protection. It is not mandatory so drivers if they feel it is safe to do so can pass into the cycle lane and queue if necessary, which from onsite observations I suspect will be on rare occasions, rather than being the norm.”