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Beeston through road closure will make cycling safer

07 January 2022

A road in Beeston is set to be closed to through traffic as part of a trial to promote safe cycling in the town.

Dovecote Lane is a key cycle route, linking the town centre with the train station, and will now be subject to an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) to close the road to through traffic north of West End.

The order comes as part of the county council’s Active Travel Fund (ATF) proposals and will ensure that local residents, cyclists and motorists can feed back on the scheme while it is in place.

Councillor Neil Clarke MBE, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Transport and Environment Committee, said:

“Dovecote Lane is a key cycle route, not just locally, but also more widely as part of the strategic cycle network.

“Around 80 cycle trips currently take place on Dovecote Lane each day, but the road is very narrow at the northern end and we are keen to make it more appealing for cyclists of all ages.

“We know that nearby residents and motorists have concerns about the changes we are making in this area, and that’s why we’ve approved the use of an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order which will allow for the impacts of the changes to be assessed.

“Experimental orders can only stay in place for a maximum of 18 months and allow changes to the proposals to be made during the first six months.

“We will work closely with the local community following the implementation of the order to carry out a consultation at least one month after the changes have been made and will use the feedback to determine if the ETRO should be made permanent.

“I would encourage all residents in the area to have their say and I look forward to receiving the feedback at a future meeting of the Transport and Environment Committee.”

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