NE Lincs Cycle Superhighways proposal

CS LondonLondon mayor Boris Johnson and the DfT have made the term cycling superhighways one that we are familiar with. This is a proposal to have a network of genuine cycle superhighways in NE Lincs, and to ensure they actually do fit the description by being designed and built to top quality standards.

CS2These should not be shared pavements the like of which we see on the Humberston/Healing Pedalways & along part of Scartho Rd, where the limited space is shared with pedestrians and the paths always give way to side streets. On many of the routes proposed below there’s plenty of space to create physically separated, high quality cycle lanes/paths on each side of the road in addition to the pavements. Where there is less space the cycleway should still be separated from motor traffic but be a bi-directional path on just one side of the road.

At present there is clearly no grand plan for cycling although things are improving incrementally. There are a few good quality cycle paths (I’ve featured these here in a previous post), but mainly all we have in NE Lincs is just a hotch-potch of isolated stretches of poor quality painted-on lanes. These do nothing to encourage cycling because they are not safe or pleasant to use.

cs33These proposed five cycle superhighways provide an essential skeleton of major routes around which further minor link routes could be developed as time goes by. If these five routes were established in the way described, they would provide an interconnected, safe and pleasant way to cycle between the main residential areas, the town centres, the main train stations, the main shopping areas/stores and the main areas of employment and education.

This would enable and encourage many more people to use cycling as a means of everyday transport. This not only helps those cycling become healthier by getting daily moderate exercise, but also benefits everyone else by reducing traffic congestion, air pollution and noise pollution, and so makes the whole area a better place to live.

So here are my suggestions for the NE Lincs Cycling Superhighways:

  • CS1 Pleasure Island to the oil refineries (CS1W) and HST (CS1N)
  • CS2 Morrisons to Isaacs Hill
  • CS3 Waltham roundabout to the A180 (CS3W) and Cleethorpes Rd (CS3E)
  • CS4 Grimsby train station to Immingham
  • CS5 Waltham roundabout to Cleethorpes promenade

Of course, the present cycling budget comes nowhere near covering such a proposal. The funding for these five Cycle Superhighways should be provided from the wider transport budget and central government. If £6m can be found for the recent ”green” development in Grimsby town centre, which I’m not alone in thinking provides very little benefit (many would say it has been a complete waste of money), then the funding for such a network of top quality cycle infrastructure, with all its attendant benefits, can and surely should be provided.

The routes in detail:

CS1: From Pleasure Island in Cleethorpes all along Kings Rd to Cleethorpes Leisure Centre, then along the prom to Cleethorpes train station, through the station onto Station Rd then turning left onto Princes Rd to the bottom of Isaacs Hill in Cleethorpes. Turn right all along Grimsby Rd & Cleethorpes Rd to Riby Sq. Take the road between the flyover and the Telegraph offices (the other direction would be routed under the flyover). Along this road a cycle bridge gently rises to cross the railway line and comes down before the turning for King Edward St. Continuing along Cleethorpe Rd by The Landings, crossing Victoria St and continuing alongside the A180 on the Westward (out of town) side. Once level with Charlton St another cycle bridge gently rises to cross the A180 and comes down at the top of Moody Lane. Continuing along the full length of Moody Lane, a new connecting stretch of cyclepath apx 200m long, with a bridge over the beck, connects with Hobson Way. (I’ve previously written about this here). Along Hobson Way, Laporte Rd (passing Immingham Docks eastgate), then left along Queens Rd, Kings Rd, to the very end of Manby Rd. The route then spurs in two directions:

  • CS1 West: west along Humber Rd (A160) to the lights at the Jet garage opposite the refinery
  • CS1 North: north along Rosper Rd as far as HST on Clough Rd. (This last section from Immingham to Killingholme would require agreement between both NE Linc Council and North Linconshire Council.)

CS2: All the way from alongside Morrisons, the full length of Laceby Rd, across Nunns Corner, then along Weelsby Rd, Clee Rd right through to Isaacs Hill roundabout, where it connects with CS1.

CS3: From Waltham roundabout all along Waltham Rd, Scartho Rd (removing a lane of traffic where necessary to create space for a bi-directional cycleway), around Nunns Corner (crossing CS2) onto Bargate (I’ve written about Bargate in an earlier post here). At the junction with Brighowgate CS3 forks into two:

  • CS3 East: along Brighowgate to Grimsby town station, out onto Osborne St, East St past the Town Hall, right onto Pasture St, left onto East Robinson St, left onto Holles St, right onto Ellis Way, over Hainton Sq onto Eleanor St, left onto Convamore Rd then Victor St connecting with CS1 at Cleethorpes Rd.
  • CS3 West: continuing along Bargate, Cartergate, left onto Lord St, right onto Anderson St, left along the river, right onto Earl St, along Freshney Drve, Yarborough Drive, Freshney Drive, left onto Corporation Rd, right onto Charlton St, connecting with CS1 at the cycle bridge over the A180.

CS4: From Grimsby train station through St James Square, Chantry Lane, Littlefield Lane, Cromwell Rd, Yarborough Rd, then along the route of the Healing Pedalway through to Healing on Great Coates Rd, then extending beyond Healing on Stallingborough Rd through to Stallingborough and on to Immingham. Along Pelham Rd to connect to CS1 at Manby Rd.

CS5: From Waltham roundabout along Station Rd past Toll Bar school, left along Louth Rd, along Peaks Parkway, Hewitt’s Ave, Taylors Ave and Queens Parade to connect with CS1.


Commuting between Grimsby/Cleethorpes and Immingham

This is a prime route for people living in Grimsby/Cleethorpes who work in Immingham or the Humber bank factories (or for those who live in Immingham and work in Grimsby, of course). I, like those few others who currently cycle this route, use the sea wall, getting on to it at Moody Lane, and coming off it near the East Gate, on Laporte Road.

The sea wall is OK, at least there’s very little motor traffic there, but it’s bumpy, uncomfortable, unlit at night, involves cycling on rough gravel tracks, is exposed to the wind and weather coming off the sea and is not as direct as it could be. Over the last several years, it’s also been closed for long periods (several weeks at a time) when environmental work has been conducted along the coast or at the pumping stations.

A section of the sea wall, showing the rutted and broken surface.

A section of the sea wall, showing the rutted and broken surface.

The gravel track leading off the sea wall near the East Gate of Immingham Docks.

The gravel track coming off the sea wall near the East Gate of Immingham Docks.

There is an obvious improvement that could be made on this key route. Laporte Rd becomes Hobson Way at the roundabout with Kiln Lane, and this road continues towards Grimsby until it suddenly ends in a dead end!

Hobson Way, looking towards Grimsby

Hobson Way, looking towards Grimsby…..

Howerever, approximately 100m further on, this is where it suddenly ends!

However, a couple of hundred yards or so further on, this is where it suddenly ends!

...stopped in it's tracks...

…stopped in it’s tracks… a humble drainage ditch!

…by a humble drainage ditch!

However, just a couple of hundred yards or so further on again is Moody Lane, the section that passes Blue Star Fibres and feeds in to the Moody Lane/Woad lane junction at Novatis.

IMG_00000227The junction of Moody Lane with Woad Lane

The junction of Moody Lane with Woad Lane

If a cycle path was built linking Hobson Way with Moody Lane, there would be a direct cycle commute route from Grimsby to the main industrial areas of Immingham and the Humber bank factories. Obviously, this is where many people from the Grimsby area work, so by building this link path it would, for the first time, provide a dedicated cycling path from Grimsby to Immingham, and I’m certain it would enable and encourage many more cycling commuters to use it!

Problem: No dedicated cycling route from Grimsby to Immingham. The sea wall is inadequate in many respects (see above) and serves as a deterrent to many from cycling to work.

Solution: Build a smooth surfaced, lit cycle path link between Hobson Way and Moody Lane.

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