New cycle route consultation launched for Southsea Common path

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VIEWS are being sought on a proposed new cycle route in Portsmouth.

The path will cross Southsea Common and fill in a missing section of 60-mile leisure path the Shipwrights Way.

The Portsmouth section of the route, which starts at Alice Holt Forest near Farnham, will go from the Historic Dockyard to

the Hayling Ferry terminal.

Portsmouth City Council is proposing to fill in a section connecting Clarence and South Parade piers via Southsea Common.

Noticeable changes would include turning about 100m of pavement on the southern side of Duisburg Way into a shared cycling and walking path; laying a two metre-wide strip of matting for people on bikes; and turning about 50m of pavement on the north side of Clarence Esplanade into a shared cycling/walking path.

Cllr Jason Fazackarley, the council’s cabinet member for traffic and transportation, said: ‘Completing our section of the Shipwrights Way would give walkers and cyclists – especially families and less confident riders – a safer, more enjoyable route along the seafront.

‘It would be good for tourism as well as local people, and it would meet important commitments the council’s made on sustainable transport.

‘It would be paid for with money we’ve been given by the government for such projects.

‘We think we’ve struck a good compromise between the needs of various users of the area.

‘But we need to know what people think.’

For more information and to have their say, residents can:

• pick up a leaflet at the council’s civic offices, libraries, community centres, housing offices or tourist information centres.

• visit www.portsmouth.gov.uk/living/26002.html

• go to a drop-in meeting at meeting room A on the second floor of the Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, PO1 2NE on Thursday August 2 between 2pm and 7pm.

• email travel@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

• write to Road Safety and Active Travel, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, PO1 2NE.

• call (023) 9283 4590.

The deadline for comments is September 7, 2012. The council hopes to start work later this year, after the summer season.