A detailed route of proposed cycle lanes planned for Leyland has been revealed by Lancashire County Council.
As part of the council’s Central Lancashire Highways and Transport Masterplan, which looks at ways of improving the road networks and promoting public transport, there are miles of new routes in the pipeline for cyclists in the town.
The proposals are set to be adopted over the next 13 years, and will mean better provision to keep cyclists safe on Leyland’s busy roads.
As reported in last week’s Guardian, a new Leyland Cycling Forum is being formed to encourage more people to get on their bikes, and come up with ways to enhance the cycling scene in the town.
Leyland’s county councillor, Matthew Tomlinson, said: “I use my bike a lot but I don’t really use it to commute.
“My view has always been though that if you can use your bike, why not do it?
“Leyland is so flat, and everything is so close together, it makes sense to get on your bike, especially for short journeys.
“As part of the forum, we need to do what we can to make people safe to cycle on our roads, and to raise the profile of cycling in general.”
He added that future developments, such as housing schemes and the Preston and South Ribble City Deal, which will see better links between the city and the borough, could be a good way to improve cycling provision in Leyland.
Some of the proposed cycle routes on the county council’s map, seen in blue, go through the sites where housing is planned in future, such as the Farington Business Park near Morrisons.
There are also lanes planned to connect areas of Moss Side to the old Leyland Motors Test Track, which is also earmarked for housing.
Routes have also been suggested to go through Farington Park and Shruggs Wood.
- The first Leyland Cycling Forum will meet today (Thursday) from 6pm until 7.30pm at the Civic Centre, West Paddock.
For more information about the forum, contact Alasdair.Simpson@lancashire.gov.uk.
- The proposed routes are:
Pump House Lane and the roads around Wymott prison
Off-road from Ulnes Walton Lane to Slater Lane, alongside Moss Side Way
Off-road, part way along Schleswig Way towards the Wade Brook Bridge on Leyland Lane
Off-road, along Schleswig Way from Slater Lane, to join the existing cycle route at Dunkirk Lane
Off-road, along Schleswig Way from Cocker Lane, to the roundabout at Longmeanygate
From that new route towards Moss Side Test Track, down Rhoden Road
From the Longmeanygate roundabout to Comet Road, over the roundabout to Aston Way and up to the Moss Side Test Track
Off-road, from the Longmeanygate roundabout to the existing on-road route at Western Drive
From the Longmeanygate roundabout all the way along Flensburg Way up to the tank roundabout
From the tank roundabout, past the household waste recycling centre towards the double mini roundabouts at the end of Croston Road
From the tank roundabout all the way along Penwortham Way
On Golden Hill Lane from Wheelton Lane to Olympian Way
Off-road along Golden Hill Lane from the footpath to Hillbrook Road up to Heaton Street
All the way along Wheelton Lane to Centurion Way, past the former Farington Business Park
Along Olympian Way to Carr Lane, through Farington Buisness Park site
Along Hall Lane from The Heritage to Mill Lane
Off-road along the River Lostock from Centurion Way to Mill Lane
All the way along Mill Lane and along Centurion Way
All the way along Carr Lane, down to Mill Street, and all the way along Mill Street
Off-road alongside the railway from Carr Lane to Centurion Way
Off-road from Centurion Way, past Leyland Business Park, to Fowler Lane
Along Stanifield Lane from Centurion Way, up to Fowler Lane
All the way along Lydiate Lane
Along Leyland Way from Bow Lane to the existing cycle route near the M6 junction
Along Wigan Road from the Croft Park area to the junction of Dawson Lane and Heald House Road, to meet an exiting cycle route
Along Turpin Green Lane from Balcarras Road to Thurston Road