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Southwell Town Council, with help from residents, put forward plans to create cycle track through town

Plans to create a new cycling route through a town have been put forward.

Southwell Town Council have submitted a request to be included in Nottingham County Council’s Integrated Transport or Traffic Management Revenue Programme.

MARTIN STOTT has submitted plans to link the town’s cycle track to the county council.
MARTIN STOTT has submitted plans to link the town’s cycle track to the county council.

The document, which was prepared by town councillors and Southwell residents, contained a number of suggestions to help improve safety on the roads, and also proposed to create a cycle route from the east side of the town to The Minster School.

“This is the first of what is hoped will become a comprehensive network of cycle routes with an emphasis on routes to local schools,” said town councillor Mr Martin Stott.

“This is to help reduce what is known as the school run, which causes massive congestion, safety and pollution issues in the town.

“As a start to creating additional routes, it also proposed that some existing footpaths should become shared paths.”

Mr Stott said he had been encouraged by recent government initiatives to improve facilities for cycling and safety for cyclists.

He said: “We realise there are difficulties in a town like Southwell, with some narrow roads and pavements, and that to complete our aspirations will involve radical measures in places that are likely to require public consultation. However, this document is a start.

“Since the document was sent to the county council in August 2020, we have heard little back other than the understanding that it has been sent to the relevant departments.”

At a recent meeting, members of the council were told further details would be made clear in the new year.

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