|Cycleway threatened by new development|
The completed stretch will form part of a cycle way linking Hedge End and Botley centres, which would have been a very good thing when it is finally completed.
However, due to geographical constraints the cycle way goes west to east and east to west. The Boorley Green development will generate thousands of car movements a day to the M27. These will go north to south and south to north and will cross the new cycle way at the Maypole Roundabout.
In fact engineers have said that all the roads at the Maypole Roundabout will need to be widened to let the cars from Boorley Green rush through on their way to the motorway. This will mean that the recent works at the roundabout will have to be dug up, wasting the charity money that has been used to fund them.
But what is worse, it will make it much more difficult for cyclists and pedestrians to cross safely from west to east (and east to west) as they will be trying to get across two lanes of traffic each time.
Are we surprised that Lib Dem Eastleigh is bottom of the league table for encouraging cycling amongst nearby councils?
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