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Gainsborough pedestrian zone plans aim to boost walking and cycling

Gainsborough pedestrian zone plans aim to boost walking and cycling

Parts of Gainsborough could be pedestrianised as part of plans to improve cycling and walking routes throughout the town.

West Lindsey District Council’s Prosperous Communities Committee is being recommended to give the go ahead next week to Lincolnshire County Council’s Gainsborough Cycling and Walking Network Plan, including the development of a series of priority routes to common locations.

Access to areas such as Market Street could be restricted at certain times of the day, while long term plans could see the area pedestrianised.

The aim of the investment is to maximise the best opportunities for improving cycling and walking rates and to make cycling and walking a priority and make Gainsborough one of the best towns in the UK for cycling and walking.

The project follows the publication of the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) by the Department for Transport in 2017, which led to the publication of guidance on preparing Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs).

New cycling routes from Lea Road rail station to Morton, the town centre to Corringham Road Industrial Estate and Heapham Road Industrial Estate to Cox’s Hill/B1433 Spital Hill junction, are also included.

A cross-town centre route via Market Street and Lord Street will also link two of the new priority routes.

To improve walking, the plans focus on the A159 Trinity Street/Beaumont Street to Torr Street and Market Street, Silver Street and Caskgate Street.

Priority walking routes will also be subject to 20mph speed limits.

Meanwhile infrastructure options will see cycle lanes segregated, footways extended, street parking removed in some areas, no right turns on some roads and public realm improvements.

To find out more about the scheme click on the link below:

https://democracy.west-lindsey.gov.uk/documents/s24372/Appendix%201%20Gainsborough%20Cycling%20and%20Walking%20Network%20Plan.pdf

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