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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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…

...by 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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