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Plans for Gidea Park bike lane divide opinion

PUBLISHED: 12:53 17 December 2015 | UPDATED: 13:46 17 December 2015

The new cycle route will be in Main Road

The new cycle route will be in Main Road

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A cycling club has welcomed plans for a new bike lane on a major Gidea Park road, but it has divided opinions among residents.

The lane will from the junction with Upper Brentwood Road to Hockley DriveThe lane will from the junction with Upper Brentwood Road to Hockley Drive

Havering Council is carrying out a public consultation over proposals for a new carriageway in Main Road, between Hockley Drive and Upper Brentwood Road.

The project will also see changes made to the junction of Main Road and Upper Brentwood Road.

Tim Long, chairman of Romford Cycling Club and an ex-traffic policeman, said it was welcome news.

“Anything that improves road safety has got to be a good thing,” said the Romford cyclist. “I was a traffic policeman so I’ve dealt with the other side of it and know if there was more space on the road for cyclists these things could be avoided.”

A new toucan crossing is planned for the north-east of the junction to make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

A parallel signalised crossing across the entrance to Upper Brentwood Road is also proposed.

The cycle track will mean carriageway re-alignment, while a speed table at the entrance to Hockley Drive will also be installed.

The areas would become pay and display under the plans.

Motorists and cyclists were divided on the plans on social media website Streetlife.

User Bill wrote: “Sounds a fantastic idea to encourage cycling and get people out of their cars.”

Another, Cat, said: “A huge thumbs up from me for a new cycle lane. There is a real dearth of proper cycling infrastructure in the local area and this is a hugely welcome improvement to the 1980s hell pit that is Gallows Corner.”

Many more supported the idea, but not everyone was so positive.

George B simply said: “There’s no room for a cycle lane. End of.”

Sidney G added: “Another stupid idea from Havering council about time cyclist had insurance.”

The consultation ends on January 8. Visit havering.gov.uk/consultations to have your say on the plans.

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