Scheme extends Lee-on-the-Solent bike route to help ease congestion

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CYCLISTS are set to get a boost with a new seafront route in Lee-on-the-Solent.

The £260,000 Hampshire County Council scheme also aims to ease the ‘congested and confused’ layout outside the shops near the seafront.

And the cycleway will connect up with the existing route that stretches from Gosport Ferry terminal to the eastern end of Lee-on-the-Solent’s foreshore.

That cycle route is part of a larger project aiming to connect Portsmouth and Southampton.

The proposed scheme in Lee-on-the-Solent has support from the residents’ association.

Alison Roast is the planning member on Lee Residents’ committee.

She said: ‘We always support the provision of cycle tracks. It does take cyclists off the road.

‘It’s something that people are moving towards.

‘A lot of people in Lee use cycles, it’s very flat and we’re very lucky to be like that.’

The route will go from the junction of Marine Parade East and Beach Road, to the car park at the end of Salterns Road, in Hill Head.

A section of the path from the pelican crossing across from Beach Road to the Lee Kebab and Pizza shop will be extended to 8ft from its current 6ft.

It will become a shared-use cycle track for pedestrians and cyclists.

The route will continue past the shops and the path will be widened to 18ft to make space for plants, seating and a relocated bus stop.

The pelican crossing outside the shops on Marine Parade West, north of the junction with Pier Street will be converted to a puffin crossing.

And the car park will have a new in and out access route near the crossing.

Give way markings will be added to the path and cycle way at the hovercraft slipway.

It is due to be discussed at the Hampshire County Council meeting on Tuesday.

Cllr Sean Woodward is the executive member for transport at the authority.

He said: ‘We want to take it further in the future.

‘It’s a good scheme, taking cyclists off the road, should they choose to go off the road.

‘That’s often the challenge with some cyclists.’

Works are due to start on December 2 with an expected finish date of March 2014.

There will be a break during the Christmas period.

Extra landscape work may be done at the start of the 2014/15 financial year.