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Hundreds sign petition against proposed cycle lane in Barrack Road, Christchurch

FURTHER discussions will be held before a proposed cycle lane is installed along Barrack Road in Christchurch after hundreds signed a petition against it.

The promise came after concerns were raised that it could affect access to businesses along the road, writes Trevor Bevins of the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

Ward councillor Vanessa Ricketts told Tuesday’s meeting of BCP Council that a petition of around 500 signatures had expressed fears that the proposed dual cycleway might affect road safety and the viability of businesses.

Cllr Mike Greene, Conservative cabinet member for transport and sustainability, said the cycleway scheme, which would link Christchurch and Merley, would help keep cars off the road.

But he also promised there would be further consultation before work started.

He said there had been concerns about a reduction in parking outside some Barrack Road businesses which he said would be considered before reaching any decisions on the final design.

“The biggest problem we have on our roads is congestion," he said.

The cycleway scheme would link Christchurch and Merley
The cycleway scheme would link Christchurch and Merley

"If by giving people safe and attractive choices we can persuade just a small percentage of those to choose a more sustainable mode of travel this will have a significant impact on the level of congestion seen on our roads, allowing junctions to operate within their physical capacity and freeing space up for those who do still want to use their cars.

"There will be benefits from reduced carbon emissions and improved air quality too."

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