Corbridge cycle trial to end
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A controversial cycle lane trial in Corbridge is to end, following public feedback.
Installed on the B6530 in Corbridge in 2015, the scheme was modified earlier this year following local feedback and the pilot extended for a further six months.
However the project has continued to be unpopular locally and the council has now agreed to bring the scheme to an end.
The lanes were first introduced in November 2015, as part of resurfacing work to the road in the village, when the council installed 1.5 metre wide advisory cycle lanes in each direction and removed the centre line.
At the start of this year the council agreed to remove the entire length of the downhill westbound advisory cycle lane, while retaining the uphill eastbound cycle lane, and putting up extra signs.
And although no incidents have been recorded or reported during the trial, local concerns continued to be expressed over the potential for head-on collisions and near misses, particularly at bends in the road where forward visibility is restricted.
Now it has been agreed to remove the remaining cycle lane, reinstate the central white line in the road and make the double yellow parking restrictions permanent.
Nick Oliver, ward councillor and himself a Corbridge resident, said: “While this road forms part of a national cycle route, the trial only covered a few hundred yards and has been of local concern since day one.
“I regularly cycle and drive along this stretch myself and I understand and support the views of many local residents who have asked for the trial to end.
“There has been a lot of feedback from the community about a number of near misses and incidents where drivers have found themselves facing vehicles travelling towards them in the centre of the road.
“We’ve listened to local people and taken on board their comments and after careful consideration agreed to bring the trial to an end.”
Councillor Glen Sanderson, the council’s cabinet member for environment and local services, added: “We are committed to listening to local communities and ensuring their views are heard.
“Cyclists can be reassured however that cycling will remain an important element in the council’s plans going forward.”
On-street car parking in the vicinity of the health centre had also been creating a road safety hazard for cyclists and for drivers attempting to leave the centre car park.
The Traffic Regulation Order which was introduced on the western stretch of the road to keep it free from parked vehicles will now be made permanent.