Cycling through Havant town centre to get easier

Construction work will ensure Havant is more cycle-friendly
Construction work will ensure Havant is more cycle-friendly
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BUSY town centres can sometimes feel like obstacles for cyclists.

But Havant will become more bike-friendly as new cycleways are installed.

The construction work, funded by £70,000 of money from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, is due to start next Monday.

The work will involve widening the western footway in Park Road North in front of the KFC restaurant to 2.5m (8ft) wide to allow its shared use by both pedestrians and cyclists.

The pedestrian crossing in Park Way will also be upgraded to become an ‘intersection toucan’ meaning cyclists do not have to dismount to be able to legally use the crossing.

This fills a missing link between the two sections of cycleway completed in 2013.

This saw Park Road South, between Solent Road and West Street, and the section of Park Road North which crosses the railway bridge, reconfigured with new surfacing and wider pavements.

Councillor Tony Briggs, in charge of environment at Havant Borough Council, said: ‘The completion of this small section of path – only 110 metres long – marks an important stage in the implementation of the council’s cycling strategy, since it marks the completion of National route 22 within the borough.

‘These sorts of facilities benefit everyone and are an important part of a wider agenda where not only are we encouraged to use the car less in order to cut carbon emissions but also to be more active to improve our health and reduce pressure on the NHS. ‘

When complete, the new facility will form part of National Cycle Network route 22, which runs from the outskirts of London to the New Forest.

Mike Ashton, a campaigner from cycling charity CTC, from Horndean, was delighted.

It means there is now a continuous route from north to south from Horndean to Havant and down to Hayling Island.

He said: ‘I think it’s a big step forward.’