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
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
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.”