‘Cycle route on A3 would be unsafe’

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A DEDICATED cycle route along the A3 would endanger both cyclists and drivers, the Highways Agency said today.

Almost 2,000 people signed a petition calling on the agency to install a cycle route at the Butser Cutting.

Currently, cyclists have to share the highway with vehicles.

A spokesman said: ‘We will continue to actively engage with our partners to explore potential improvements for cycle path provisions.

‘Due to the steep embankments and limited space along the A3 through the Butser cutting, it is simply not possible to accommodate a dedicated cycling provision directly adjacent to this section of road that would be safe for both cyclists and drivers.

‘For this reason, we have recommended alternative options are explored, away from the A3.’

As reported, Hampshire County Council is looking into whether the old A3 – which is used by walkers – can be converted into a cycle route.