More improvements in Newquay to encourage walking and cycling

A new proposal to make it easier for residents and visitors to enjoy Newquay by cycling and walking is now out for comment.

The plan, to build a number of pedestrian and cycle improvements at the intersection of Bank Street and Lower Marcus Hill, will see additional paved crossing points and a new cycle connection between the Tram tracks and the existing cycle way on Manor Road. The changes to the junction with Marcus Hill will improve pedestrian safety, and slow vehicles, at this busy junction whilst removing the "no left turn" from St Michael's Road.

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Providing and promoting better cycling and walking routes as alternative methods to getting around by car is a key part of our Connecting Cornwall aims to make it easier for walkers and cyclists to enjoy safe and easy access to town centres across Cornwall.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport and local Cornwall Councillor for Newquay Central Geoff Brown said:  “These improvements will help those walking in and around the town centre and provide the missing link for cyclists to easily get to the western part of the town via the Tram tracks and Manor Road.  It has my full support.”

The £125,000 scheme will be jointly funded by the Council’s Local Transport Plan and developer contributions for pedestrian and cycle improvements in the town.

It complements the other recent Council investments in walking and cycling paths along Henver Road and the Barrowfields where the Council built multi-use paths which opened in 2016.

Recent survey counts for one weekday in mid-September last year demonstrated that more people are using those paths and cycle ways with 634 trips made on the Barrowfields path, including 86 by bike, and over 150 cycle trips made on Henver Road on the same day.

The public are invited to comment on the plans from 22 January to 13 February 2019.  Construction could start in mid-May and finish in June with work suspended during the late spring holiday half term break.

The plan is to keep Manor Road and East Street open during the day to avoid disruption to bus services.   Where works need a full road closures, these are likely to  be carried out during the night.

Full details of the scheme are on the Cornwall Council Consultation Finder webpage.

Posted on 23 January