Making the Long Lawford link for Rugby cyclists

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Early next year will see the start of work on a much

anticipated cycle path extension that will link Rugby town

centre with Long Lawford, making it even easier and safer

to travel across the town by bike.

Warwickshire County Council and charity Sustrans are

working together to deliver the Lawford Road to Rugby town

centre scheme, which will improve an important cycling link

in the town, enabling cyclists to avoid the busy A428

Lawford Road.

Work on the route is planned to start and be completed

between February and March next year. The scheme is being

funded by a Cycle Safety Fund grant from the Department of

Transport to Sustans, who are working in partnership with

the County Council.

It will complete the cycle route into the town centre using

an existing route north of Lawford Road that is popular

with cyclists. It is hoped that it will encourage more

people to make local journeys by bike.

Councillor Peter Butlin, Warwickshire County Council’s

Portfolio Holder for Transport & Planning, said: “I know

that people in Rugby have eagerly been anticipating this

improved link for cyclists from Long Lawford to the town

centre, so I’m delighted that we’ll be starting work on

this early next year. The route will be ready for all to

enjoy by the time the weather improves in the Spring.”

Sustrans’ Regional Director, Yvonne Gilligan said, “Walking

and cycling for everyday journeys is great for our health,

the environment and it’s fun too.

“These new links are going to make a real difference to how

people make their everyday journeys in Rugby.

“Walking and cycling are cheap and healthy travel options

so its great news that people now have the choice about the

way they get around.”

Features of the scheme include the existing pedestrian

crossing on Corporation Street near the ASDA supermarket

being upgraded to a Toucan crossing to give pedestrians and

cyclists an even safer crossing point.

The junction between Bridget Street and Oliver Street will

be improved to make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians

and improve visibility for drivers and a short contra flow

cycle lane will be provided on Jubilee Street.

The path connecting Plowman Street and West Leyes will be

improved, and other paths on the route will be widened,

resurfaced and converted to shared footway and cycleway

status.

Cllr Peter Butlin concluded: “Warwickshire County Council

is committed to improving and increasing the opportunities

for people to use more sustainable forms of transport, like

cycling, which benefit people’s health, their finances and

the environment. We’re delighted to be working with

Sustrans once again on a project that will bring benefits

for all, including our cycling community.”