A52 Nottingham Junctions proposals – response from Pedals to recent consultation (Nottingham Rd and Cropwell Rd junctions)

Although ‘Improve pedestrian and cycle routes at the junctions’ is listed among the 5 Scheme objectives on page 3 of the consultation leaflet we are surprised to see that there is then no reference to cycle facilities in the rest of the document and nothing specific for cyclists shown in the map of the proposed layouts at the Nottingham Road and Cropwell Road junctions.  Furthermore we are surprised that even the existing cycle path by the A52, west of the Nottingham Road junction is not shown as such but only as a footpath!

Despite these apparent oversights we were pleased to be reassured when attending the exhibition that your intention is in fact to develop the new paths as 3 metre wide shared paths, to be signed in due course for cyclists as well as pedestrians, and that you recognise the importance of extending the present cycling provision by the A52 west of Radcliffe through to the Bingham Road (Harlequin) junction (and beyond). East of Bingham Road there is already some cycling provision but substandard and this needs to be improved to provide a better connection to and from Bingham as well as to and from West Bridgford and Nottingham. We hope that these further improvements will be implemented soon after the work on the current two schemes.

Pedals welcomes this opportunity to submit comments on the specific proposals for these two junctions and is also very keen in due course to submit comments for all the other A52 junctions to be addressed as part of this major scheme, and including upgrades to other official and unofficial crossing points for cyclists such as the toucan crossing east of Gamston and the subway under the A52 south of Sharp Hill. Getting good convenient and safe crossing points at all these locations, and also between Tollerton and Edwalton, with good connecting routes on both sides of the A52, we consider to be vital for helping to avoid the risk of the major new housing areas outside the A52 becoming very car-dependent, aggravating the already very serious problems of congestion and poor air pollution in Greater Nottingham including the West Bridgford area.

Hugh McClintock
For Pedals (Nottingham Cycling Campaign),
23 December 2016