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Safer cycling routes review

20th June 2007 - the following article is reproduced by kind permission of Lynn News

SAFER cycling routes in Hunstanton could move a cog closer this summer.

Footway and cycleway designer Kay Elvy, who works for Norfolk County Council’s planning and transportation partners, Mott MacDonald, has just started compiling a new report into cycle routes in the resort.

Mrs Elvy said two had been identified for design and construction assessment as a result of a previous feasibility study carried out last year.

One could start near Redgate Junior School and follow a route along Nelson Drive to Sandringham Road, Homefields Road, Valentine Road and across Greevegate to Church Street, St Edmunds Avenue, Victoria Avenue and Northgate ending at Clarence Road.

A possible route for the second cycleway follows Seagate Road and Park Road to the A149 near Smithdon High School. An extension to Ringstead and National Cycle Route 1 along Downs Road and Ringstead Downs could follow.

A third route highlighted for further study as part of the appraisal could start at the end of Southend Road and follow Le Strange Terrace and Cliff Parade to Lighthouse Close. A potential continuation to Old Hunstanton and Peddars Way could be considered in future.

Mrs Elvy said she hoped to compile her report by mid-August. “It will then go back to Norfolk County Council for consideration,” she said.

Hunstanton Mayor and cycle retailer Richard Bird said the town had been waiting many years for proper cycle routes.

“Hardly any of the pupils and staff at the high school use their bikes because the routes aren’t safe,” he pointed out.

Leisure and tourism were vital to Hunstanton’s economy and the area was promoted as safe for cycling. “It would be a lot safer if there were specific routes,” added Mr Bird.

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