Cycleways’ meeting 12th December 2018 at the Fat Pug Summary of Minutes

K2L : Asked what progress was being made by WCC. Advised that at the next Cycle Forum, 7th Jan, would ask for an up- date on the WCC’s expression of intent to HS2 Ltd for the funding of stage 1, Leamington to the Bericote roundabout, just south of the Chesford Bridge.

HS2 Had written to our MP Matt Western concerning reports in the cycling press that HS2 Ltd were not working to the standards originally agreed in the provision of cycle routes related to the HS2 project. Had received today a copy of a letter from the Under Secretary of State to Matt Western that these reports were incorrect and that HS2 Ltd were firmly committed to the originally agreed standards.

Cycle connections to/from the housing developments west of Europa Way:

Took us through the slides of this development that were shown by WCC at the Cycleways’ meeting in November. A number of significant points were raised by those present:

Europa Way A452, is to be made into a dual carriageway, with a dedicated  2 – way cycle lane along the western side from the Gallows Hill junction to just short of the roundabout leading up to the Leamington retail Park. There was concern that cyclists would be dazzled by on-coming vehicle lights, the preferred and better option is a cycle lane each side of the dual carriageway.

There is no evidence that the extra lanes of the dual carriageway are dedicated for High Occupancy Vehicle, HOVs, and buses, as stated by WCC, as set out in their policy strategy:

Warwick District Local Plan – Transport Proposals in Key Corridors, January 2015

  1. The A452 Europa Way Sustainable Spine Corridor

Increased highway capacity along the route from the M40 J14 to Europa Way/Myton Road roundabout offering the opportunity for dedicated bus lanes and for the investigation of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes to be introduced along this route

Other features that require further explanation:

Access in and out of the Leamington Retail Park needs clarity, also is there a gap between Debenhams and Sainsburys?

There is no access shown for cyclists/pedestrians into Warwick Technology Park

The cycle link into the exiting Myton cycle path for access towards Leamington station and destinations into the town is seriously inadequate. The Myton path suffers from acute congestion from Myton School students, while the route relies on a footbridge with two blind junctions, and a very narrow path under the A452 bridge over the canal.

A cycle route is shown crossing Myton School playing fields, is this correct? A path using school land is likely to be closed off outside of school hours.

The Asps and developments south of Gallow Hills.

A 500 place car park for Park and Ride is being provided adjacent to the road depot at Greys Mallory. From this a high frequency bus service to Warwick and to Leamington will be provided.

Currently there are no plans of cycle route connections to this area of development available for comment, yet.

Copies of the slides illustrating the above development proposals are attached to these minutes.

For those members who have a specific interest in this area of development it is worth registering for up – dates on the WCC web site.

To write to Stephen Rumble WCC planning officer dealing with the above developments.

AOB

A draft of an up dated brochure was shown via the big screen, approval from all present. A copy will be sent out to members for their thoughts and comments.

The draft brochure was put together by a media business, Joyous Creative, who produced the new Leamington Society brochure and event material for Art in the Park.

Joyous Creative felt that Cycleways would benefit from the use of social media, such as Facebook, as a means of accessing the wider public, a view that was strongly supported by those present. On the subject of media and the public, it seemed a suitable opportunity to ask Joyous Creative to look at our potential displays for the Peace Festival, again, strong support from all present.

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