Portishead Branch Line – MetroWest Phase 1

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Portishead Branch Line - MetroWest Phase 1

Received 20 February 2020
From Duncan Day


As a regular user of the Sheepway to Pill cycle path, part of National Cycle Network Route 26, I am concerned about the temporary diversion planned for the section of the path between Marsh Lane and Pill, and also the temporary closing of the path using the underbridge on Network Rail land for the Royal Portbury Road crossing. The diversion along Marsh Lane and through the local roads of Easton in Gordano to Pill is somewhat tortuous and will require many signs over a lengthy period so that cyclists not familiar with the area will be able to navigate the route with confidence. These signs will need to be almost of a permanent nature fixed to existing street furniture so that they survive effectively throughout the period of the diversion. The section along Marsh road itself is narrow and there should be warning signs for motorists to highlight the fact that that section of Marsh Lane wil be carrying an increased amount of cycle traffic in both directions. Measures should be put in place to ensure that the access from the cycle path on to Marsh Lane is both signed and maintained to an adequate standard both in terms of hard surfaceing and regular cutting back of vegetation to maintain the full width of the path. Regarding the diversion from the path on to Royal Portbury Dock Road, the same signage and maintainance requirements referred to above for Marsh Lane should apply. In addition, cyclists pedestrians and horse riders will need to cross Portbury Dock Road which is very heavily trafficked with limited vision and I would expect there to be provision made for a temporary crossing, preferably with a half way refuge, markings on the road surface and possibly a traffic light controled crossings operated by button or sensors for users of the cycle path. Signs warning traffic of the crossing and possible a speed limit reduction would assist path users in negotiating this dangerous road crossing.