HCC cancels Active Travel schemes and we want to know why – cycle winchester
August 6, 2021 robCampaigns, Covid19ActiveTravel, Updates
As we feared, Hampshire County Council has chosen to remove existing, tranche 1, active travel schemes, and cancel the bulk of planned tranche 2 schemes. Cycle Winchester is asking HCC why. The evidence base for this decision seems flawed.
To summarise the key points of the decision:
• Hyde Street is reopened to through motor traffic and the lane closure in North Walls is removed.• The closure of Great Minster Street is retained, to promote economic activity in this important hospitality area.• The planned scheme to provide a two-way cycle lane on North Walls has been cancelled.• The planned scheme to provide a segregated cycleway on Upper High Street has been cancelled.• A short stretch of segregated cycleway on High Street will go ahead, but now detached from the Upper High Street we feel it will be much less useful.• Cycling contraflow on Parchment Street and St Peter Street will go ahead.• There is a vague promise of a ‘longer-term package of improvements’.