The funding boost of over £450,000 from the government’s Active Travel Fund which will pay for improvements to a stretch of the cycle path between Airport Service Road and Burrfields Road. These improvements will be Phase 1 of the scheme.
Eastern Road is an essential route used by a vast number of people for a variety of reasons. This makes them the best people to share their opinions on how we could improve the walking and cycling route along Eastern Road. The improvements will offer people a more attractive alternative to travelling by motor vehicle. This would benefit peoples’ health and create less air pollution.
The council carried out an opinion survey in late January/early February. The feedback gathered will allow us to gain an understanding of people’s opinions of the Eastern Road cycling and walking route. This will help inform future funding bids as opportunities arise over the coming years.
Share your feedback on specific locations by visiting Widenmypath
Phase 1 improvements being considered are widening the path, improvements at junctions, moving some of the sign posts and making it clear which side of the path cyclists and pedestrians should each use. The work will not impact on the width of the road.
We would like to reassure drivers that we are not considering replacing a lane on the road with a cycle path as the safe and consistent traffic flow in and out of the city remains a priority. Last year, during the first lockdown, we considered introducing a temporary cycle lane when traffic movement was low. These plans were dropped once traffic increased following lifting of last year’s travel restrictions. During any works to make improvements to the cycle path we may need to temporarily close a lane so that work can be carried out safely.
We intend to preserve the natural balance of the area and protect any wildlife habitats whilst creating improvements for people using this route. If any bushes need to be removed, we will work within environmental restraints to ensure that this work done outside bird nesting season and this will be balanced with replanting where possible.
The council is also engaging key stakeholders in their plans to co-develop them with all users of this route, as well as those located along the road and in the surrounding area.
For further information about this phase and engagement activity view this summary.