Cyclists will soon benefit from a new cycle path linking Newcastle town centre from Ryecroft to May Bank with improvement work due to start next week.
The Staffordshire County Council scheme will allow people to access the residential areas to the north of Newcastle Town Centre and help promote cycling in the town.
The new route will follow advisory on-road sections along Liverpool Road, Enderley Street, Brampton Sidings and Croft Road. This will then lead to a path which will be made shared-use up to Honeywood. The final section of the route will be off-road on a shared-use footpath following Lyme Brook, across St Michael’s Road until it reaches Hempstalls Lane.
Work will include new road markings, signage and some dropped kerbs when coming on and off the road. The off-road section from Honeywood to Hempstalls Lane will then see the widening and upgrade of an existing trodden path to a 3m wide tarmac path. The work is expected to take around ten weeks to complete.
Helen Fisher, Cabinet Support Member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council said:
“It’s great to see the scheme underway and once complete we’ll have a cycleway allowing people to get to and from work and school more easily and safely.
“Cycling is a great activity that not only helps people lead healthier and happier lives but also helps to reduce congestion on our busy roads which is one of our priorities. We are keen to see more people cycling and projects like this should help us achieve that.
“Our highways crews will be doing everything they can to keep any disruption to a minimum and I would like to thank people in advance for their co-operation and patience.”
The route will also provide a good cycle link to Wolstanton High School and is located close to the Newcastle Greenway cycle route which runs along the disused railway line.
Staffordshire already has good access to the National Cycling Network (NCN) which connects with many local routes across the County. Local cycling maps for all districts are available from local libraries and you can find out more at www.staffordshire.gov.uk