Gloucestershire challenges DfT response after being cycle plans “don’t adequately handle the difficulty of motorized vehicle dominance”

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Gloucestershire County Council has challenged a authorities evaluation of its plans for a six-mile cycleway after they had been deemed ‘insufficient’. The Division for Transport (DfT) has criticised proposals for a brand new route between Gloucester and Cheltenham, arguing the design relies on ‘a retention of personal motorized vehicle capability’.

The B4063 Gloucester to Cheltenham Cycle Enhancements Scheme goals to hyperlink Gloucester and Cheltenham and the villages in between.

Nonetheless, Gloucestershire Stay studies that the DfT instructed the council its design didn’t meet present greatest follow and ought to be reviewed.

The suggestions mentioned that, “basic ideas of design seem primarily based on a retention of carriageway house and personal motorized vehicle capability.”

Among the many points highlighted had been, “intensive use of shared paths in inappropriate areas, and poor and oblique provision at junctions.”

“It’s clear from the design doc that consideration has been given to this truth and there are quite a few notations figuring out potential designs which might be enhancements to the proposals; nonetheless this nonetheless does

Whereas the design doc recognized a number of potential enhancements, the DfT mentioned, “this nonetheless doesn’t adequately handle the difficulty of motorized vehicle dominance.”

Gloucestershire County Council obtained solely £864,750 within the second tranche of emergency energetic journey funding, having bid for £10m.

Liberal Democrat councillor Iain Dobie described the funding hole as, “an appalling indictment” of the council’s strolling and biking ambitions.

Commenting on the criticism of the Gloucester to Cheltenham scheme, he mentioned: “Suggestions from the Tory authorities – that the design prioritised motor autos over cyclists and pedestrians – reveals that the county council wants a basic change of mindset.”

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Councillor Nigel Moor, cupboard member for planning and atmosphere, mentioned: “I’m proud we’re doing the whole lot we are able to to get funding for Gloucestershire cycle schemes.

“The B4063 route was initially a Highways England venture, and DfT’s personal evaluation instruments present it’s going to have considerably extra impression on biking take up than some other scheme we submitted within the bid – we’re ready for a response from the DfT to our enchantment.

“I’m dedicated to enhancing protected biking routes and offering a central ‘backbone’ cycle community which might then department out into smaller communities is a key a part of our plans.”

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