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Public views sought on £850,000 cycle path upgrades

Consultation on improvements between Newbury and Thatcham closes on Sunday

Public views sought on £850,000 cycle path upgrades

WEST Berkshire residents have until Sunday to have their say on proposals to upgrade cycle links between Newbury and Thatcham.

West Berkshire Council is looking to create safer cycling space on the A4 and improve conditions for pedestrians on the footpath.

The proposals include 1.5m-wide cycle lanes, a widening of the footpath and upgrading of crossings.

This, the council adds, will lead to more people travelling on foot or bicycle, reducing traffic and potentially improving air quality around the area.

The council has received around £850,000 from the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for the project. 

The consultation closes on Sunday and a report on the findings will be provided to the council’s executive committee to make a decision on November 15. 

The consultation will later be widened to include improvements towards Reading in the next financial year.

West Berkshire Counci’s executive member for highways and transport, Jeanette Clifford (Con, Northcroft), said: “This is a scheme that will make a big difference to the transport network in West Berkshire and we’d like to thank the LEP for its support.

“Our aim is to make cycling and walking ever more attractive options in the district, which is why this investment is so welcome. 

“We look forward to hearing residents’ comments and suggestions and taking them into account as we develop our detailed plans.” 

Visit for further details of the changes and to respond to the consultation.

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  • Ihavenonickname

    20/10/2017 - 14:02

    Idiot cyclists don't even use the cycleway along Froral Way in Thatcham! Still using the road! What an absolute WASTE OF MONEY!


  • Justin S

    19/10/2017 - 16:04

    Until we get people to recognise a cycleway , rather than meander aimlessly and then get the strop on when they are asked to allow you to cycle through , it would seem pointless. Its always good to allow more infrastructure for fuel free transport . Can we use a bit more paint to show people walking and cycling , rather than one every 1/2 mile ? Lower Way is dangerous for cars that just turn out on cyclists without looking, so I can understand why they avoid it .


  • grumpy

    19/10/2017 - 15:03

    I just went on their website to "have my say", and guess what, their website is down. I think it's a waste of money, because they don't use the cyclepath's they've got now (Lower Way). They prefer to ride on the road. Some of them are blimming dangerous, going on the A339 between Tescos and Burger King. I saw one the other morning going straight out onto the Burger King rdbt - cars had stopped to wait for the traffic that was coming.


    • EugeneStryker

      20/10/2017 - 13:01

      Grumpy is right, this is a waste of money. However, what they need to be doing is spending many times more than this amount to create fully segregated and direct cycle lanes not just some shared use paths and paint on the roads - the ROI is well documented and evidenced. Cyclists are not obliged to use the 'cycle infrastructure' that is there and often don't because it poorly designed and puts them in more danger not less. The whole public consultation thing is a nonsense anyway however because they will already have made their minds up on what they're doing.


    • anorak

      19/10/2017 - 15:03

      Yeah, what an absolute waste of time and money doing something that might actually reduce traffic congestion and improve people's health and fitness.


      • NewburyLad

        19/10/2017 - 16:04

        Even if you took 20 'motorists' away from the roads and put them onto the cycle lanes, the space taken by those 20 'motorists' would instantly fill up again with a new batch of 20 motorists.


  • pops50

    19/10/2017 - 12:12

    Has WBDC conducted a survey to see how many cyclists use this section of the A4 over a period of 24 hours Is this part of WBDC contribution to the £5m cycle route scheme between Newbury and Lego Land