Traffic restrictions on Humber Road will stop vehicles blocking Beeston cycle route
As part of plans to widen the existing pavement to make room for a new shared use cycle / footway along the south west side of Humber Road in Beeston, Nottinghamshire County Council has given the go-ahead for double yellow lines to be installed.
The ‘No Waiting At Any Time’ restrictions approved by its Communities and Place Committee on Thursday 10 January , at its first meeting of the year, will be installed along the south-west side of Humber Road between its junctions with Queens Road East and Queens Drive between the existing double yellow lines (see map).
Committee chairman Councillor John Cottee said: “We feel that the advantages offered by the new cycle routes outweigh any concerns about loss of parking in the Humber Road area.
“Widening of the existing pavement will ensure that the new shared-use pavement will be wide enough to safely accommodate both pedestrians and two-way cycle traffic.”
At times, the pavement is partially obstructed by vehicles, some of which are commercial vans and lorries, half-parked on the pavement and half on the carriageway.
“These restrictions will ensure that vehicles are not parked on both sides of Humber Road as this would prevent two-way traffic flow of vehicles along the road and thereby restrict the amount traffic which can move freely down the road,” added Coun Cottee.
An assessment of Humber Road indicated that sufficient parking exists on the road to accommodate any displaced vehicles, so no significant impact is anticipated with parking on other streets in the vicinity.
Extensive public consultation took place in 2017 regarding planned improvements to cycle links from the Enterprise Zone to Beeston town centre.
Following money secured by the city council for the Enterprise Zone which is located in both city and county areas, both councils worked in partnership, and with the Nottinghamshire Cycling Development Group, Highways England and the police to develop a package of improvements to help people access the Enterprise Zone. This partnership working resulted in the development of nearly £1m of improvements to cycle routes in the county.
These will join up proposals in the city aimed at creating continuous cycle routes across council boundaries giving people access to job opportunities that t the Enterprise Zone will deliver.
Councillor Cottee explained: “We intend to provide high quality new and upgraded cycle routes, connected with the city, to improve access to job opportunities provided by the Enterprise Zone and increase cycling levels from 3% to 10% by 2025.
“Increasing levels of sustainable transport use will improve health, cut congestion and emissions and provide better access to employment and learning sites.”
The no waiting restrictions will be implemented via a related traffic regulation order.