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Conservative Cllr,Horace Prickett, Wiltshire Council portfolio holder for transport, said: “I’m delighted with these improvements and it again underlines our commitment to green initiatives. Cycling is becoming more and more popular and cyclists will notice a big difference when they head out. Hopefully the improvements will also encourage people who don’t normally do so, to get on their bike and go out for a ride.”
The Devizes Road scheme in Salisbury aims to improve the route for cyclists travelling from the Fugglestone development and the Devizes Road area into the city centre. It will see the creation of a pedestrian and cyclist shared use path running from the south side of the Fuggelstone roundabout linking into the parallel service road. At the southern end of the service road, the footpath will be widened to link onto Devizes Road. This new route allows cyclists to bypass the 40mph section of Devizes Road and avoid the Fugglestone roundabout.
Improvements are also being made in the vicinity of the junction of Devizes Road and York Road with the creation of a pedestrian and cyclist shared use path starting adjacent to No. 12 Devizes Road linking into the underpass in York Road. This will allow cyclists to safely access the subways under the ring road. Cyclists must dismount at the southern exit of the subways to join Fisherton Street or St Paul’s Road.
Work on this scheme is due to take place between 19 January and 27 February.
The second scheme on St Mark’s roundabout in Salisbury improves access into the subways to allow cyclists to avoid the ring road. A short section of shared path is being created to connect the crossing on London Road to the subway. Another shared path will connect Bourne Avenue and Wain-a-Long Road to the subway on the other side of the roundabout. This will connect London Road, the city centre and the area around Wain-a-Long Road. It is hoped further facilities will be built connecting to these in the future. In particular, it is anticipated that a shared path alongside the ring road between St Mark’s roundabout and Castle roundabout could be constructed by the Highways Agency in the next few years.
Construction will take place between 26 January and 27 February.
Cycling has also been permitted over the ‘curly bridge’ on the ring road which links Marlborough Road and Victoria Road in Salisbury.