New route through Central Park set to keep cyclists safe and traffic flowing

Transport and Streets
13:41, Thursday, 28th September 2023

A new route connecting cyclists safely from the town centre to Central Park, the Pods and the university will be built with Government cash.

The mile-long route will connect from Howden’s Hill, with new crossings on Rowland Road and Ashby Road, to the section of Central Park which runs next to Ashby Road.

The new cycleway – which will be lit at night with ecofriendly low energy lighting – will follow the existing footpath the length of the park through to the Pods and past the University Campus North Lincolnshire, with safe crossings at both entrances.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “We have received tens of thousands in Government cash to enhance the cycle routes across the whole of North Lincolnshire – ensuring people can travel safely in the way which best suits them.

“We have focussed on making sure the infrastructure is in place to encourage people to use more sustainable transport options – switching from the car to public transport or walking or cycling has many benefits, both for the environment and for people’s own health and wellbeing.

“We know that the systems have to be in place to make this possible, the routes have to be there for people to travel safely and this new mile long stretch of cycle lane – which will be lit of an evening – will make the green space, the leisure activities and the education offer in the park more accessible.”

Cllr Tim Mitchell, cabinet member for connectivity, said: “Transport options around the county must work for people – connecting people with jobs, leisure activities and the community they live in.

“We have a real strong focus on ensuring the network works for people to travel in the way which best suits them and we are developing innovative transport solutions which will encourage, where possible, people to cycle or walk.

“We have the backing from Government – and the hard cash needed – to develop these plans.”