A417 Missing Link

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A417 Missing Link

Received 02 September 2021
From Ralph Hampton

Representation

AN IMPORTANT SAFETY ISSUE FOR NON-MOTORISED USERS OF RIGHTS OF WAY The proposed bridleway from the Ullenwood Junction to Crickley Hill Park entrance needs to continue alongside Leckhampton Hill Road, at least as far as Coberley BridleWay 10. This would provide an excellent safe route for horse riders and cyclists that runs parallel to the Cotswold Way footpath that goes along the length of Crickley Hill. A third separated lane for WCH, as proposed for B4070 from Shab to Barrow Wake should be considered, with an appropriate speed limit. Given that horses are NOT allowed by law to go on pavements, you can clearly see that horse riders, cyclists and pedestrians currently have no option but to fully occupy the narrow lanes on this very busy road that is not safe for non-motorised users, and will inevitably become even busier and even less safe once the scheme has been built. I note that the red line project scheme area continues right up to Coberley BridleWay 10, along the NW side of the Leckhampton Hill Road, with a considerable area on the SE side of the road extending towards Star College. You are re-building the road at least as far as the wood on the left side, (heading NE). This would therefore be a very low cost and effective improvement to the rights of way system. I made this proposal in response to the 2020 consultation process. It was unfortunately not taken up. It does however in my opinion offer an opportunity to make a major improvement to the safety and efficacy of the Rights of Way network around the project at very little cost.