£68,000 to make Burnley roads safer for cyclists

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Lancashire County Council has agreed to spend half a million pounds to tackle cycling casualties around the county – which will include two schemes in Burnley.

Improvement work will take place at 13 key junctions in a bid to reduce the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured on Lancashire’s roads.

It’s really important that we prioritise this work to make cycling a much safer option for people

County Coun. John Fillis

Work in Burnley will be carried out at the junction of Colne Road and Thursby Square, and the junction of Church Street and Ormerod Road.

Around £5,000 will be spent in Colne Road where clear road markings will be provided and the exisitng cycle lane widened.

The Church Street/Ormerod Road work is expected to cost around £63,000 and will see a signalised junction and Toucan crossing facility installed.

County Coun. John Fillis, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “It’s really important that we prioritise this work to make cycling a much safer option for people.”

Design is expected to start on the schemes from April, with public consultation in the autumn. Work on the ground is likely to take place next year.

The decision to prioritise these schemes followed a report to the county council’s Scrutiny Committee last year, which stated that there was an increase in the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured - from 68 to 100 between 2012 and 2013. In particular, there was a substantial increase in the 26-64 year-old age group.

This is in part due to the fact that the number of journeys by bike had increased substantially over this period.

These cycle safety schemes are part of a £23m. package of safety and maintenance work which was agreed by the cabinet member.