Crossing the A180 (or trying to!)

Part of the route for commuting between Grimsby and Immingham brings you to the A180 at the roundabout with Moody Lane and Pyewipe/Boulevard Ave.

The pathway from Adam Smith St leading to the roundabout.

The pathway from Adam Smith St leading to the roundabout.

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IMG_00000271The pathway on Moody Lane is signed as a shared pedestrian/cycle path, but actually getting across the A180 is extremely dangerous! There’s no priority for cyclists or pedestrians, and you usually have to rely on the goodwill of drivers to get across.

It's even harder getting across the  carriageway coming off the roundabout!

It’s even harder getting across the carriageway coming off the roundabout!

This route is important for access onto Moody Lane and the sea wall. By making a number of alerations, crossing the A180 could be made much safer. Instead of putting a crossing point at the roundabout, move it away from the roundabout approximately level with where the pathway exits from Adam Smith St further along the road.

The pathway leading from Adam Smith St.

The pathway leading from Adam Smith St.

Put the crossing here, with stopping lights in order to enable crossing the A180.

Put the crossing here, with stopping lights in order to enable crossing the A180.

Taking the example of Hull’s through-road, this stretch of the A180 should have a speed limit of 40mph. This would make a stopping point (Pelican/Toucan) on this stretch perfectly practical for motorists, as they would already be travelling at a reduced maximum speed, unlike the 60mph which is currently allowed.

On the other side the crossing would connect with a new  cycle path coming from the Grimsby docks area (as suggested in another post here), which would lead to Moody Lane.

This solution would enable commuters to safely cross this dual-carriageway. The present arrangement is hazardous and unsafe.

 

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One Response to Crossing the A180 (or trying to!)

  1. Simon Ostler says:

    Crossing the A180 at Moody Lane Junction

    Just to pass on my experiences. I attempted this at 5.00 pm last night, I was on the Moody Lane side of the roundabout on a bike path and I could see the bike path that runs alongside Adam Smith Way and was looking to cross 4 lanes of traffic.

    Unbelievably this crossing has a 70 mph speed limit on it in the middle of a built up town between two bike paths. The rationale for this is????

    I actually could not get across the road at all because of the sheer amount of traffic coming into Grimsby. It took me ten minutes to cross and this was only possible because a HGV pulled out across both lanes of traffic from Moody Lane effectively blocking the oncomming flow.

    While I was waiting five bikes rode past me from Moody Lane direction on the bike path and carried on along the grass verge of the A180 into Grimsby.

    If I had to do this every day I would seriously be thinking twice about cycling to work, it really is that dangerous!

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