Work has commenced on the construction of the cycle track on the northbound, coastal side of the A584 Clifton Drive North, causing possible delays during the next twelve weeks.
Back in October of last year (2021) Lytham St. Anne’s News reported that Lancashire County Council Cabinet had agreed to the construction of a new two-way, three-metre-wide cycle track on the northbound, coastal side of the A584 Clifton Drive North, with a separate two-metre-wide footway on the carriageway side. The new cycle track would run between the busy road’s junction with Highbury Road West and Squires Gate, replacing the non-partitioned cycle lane currently in place
The proposed design meant that cyclists would pass behind the bus stops along the route so as to avoid crossing paths with passengers getting on or off public transport. The positioning of the bus stops on the northbound side of the road would be amended to space them out more evenly, reducing their overall number from five to four.
The existing pelican crossing at the former entrance to the old Pontin’s complex would be removed. Instead, there would be five new pedestrian refuge islands along the route.
Because there is currently insufficient funding to enable more complex junction remodelling, short sections of shared cycleway and footpath would be included at the start and end of the route.
At the time, County Councillor Peter Buckley, Cabinet Member For Cultural Services, said, ‘The introduction of a segregated cycleway will encourage recreational cyclists and families and the additional pedestrian refuges will help those in the Coastal Dunes estate, which is the former Pontins site, to be able to cross the road safely.’
The road will also see a reduction in its speed limit from 40 to 30 miles-per-hour (where the lower limit does not already apply). However, plans to turn that section of Clifton Drive North into a ‘red route’ that prohibits stopping in almost all circumstances were put on hold after nearly 50 complaints from local residents. It was decided that an alternative parking solution would be developed for further public consultation before being brought back to cabinet at a later date.
County Councillor Peter Buckley added, ‘The introduction of the red route would have particularly impacted those residents in the southern section of the road near the Highbury Road traffic lights and I’m pleased that revised parking proposals are being considered.’
The featured photograph and the two illustrative photographs above are edited from cliftondrive.blogspot.com