A512/M1 junction proposals
Campaign member Anthony Kay has produced a response to initial proposals for this and associated junctions. These were his comments.
- There is a cycle path alongside the whole stretch of the A512 (although it is shown as “Footway” on the plans), and while the West of Loughborough Sustainable Urban Extension will provide some new cycle routes between Loughborough and Shepshed, the route alongside the A512 will remain important for many journeys.
- Most of the problems with the existing cycle path are west of the M1 junction. The width is inadequate in one section, close to the Charnwood Quarry junction. Since that junction is proposed to be remodelled, this presents an opportunity to rectify this problem, and provide a uniform 3-metre width of cycle track. Also between the M1 junction and the Leicester Road junction, the cycle path crosses three side entrances where there are dropped kerbs with upstands big enough to make cycling across them uncomfortable; these need to be replaced with flush kerbs.
- Between the Leicester Road and Charnwood Road junctions, there are many side entrances to commercial and residential properties. Current markings indicate that traffic from the side entrances has priority over the cycle path. This needs to be changed to give priority to cyclists on the path to provide a smooth journey, with suitable signage and road markings to warn traffic from the side entrances.
- At the Charnwood Road junction, the route is very circuitous for cyclists turning left from the path alongside Ashby Road Central onto Iveshead Road (where there has been substantial residential development in recent years). This should be improved by providing the facility for cyclists to cross the east arm of the junction to reach Iveshead Road more directly.
- East of the M1 junction, the existing cycle path is adequate in most respects. However, the planned provision at the new roundabout is not sufficient, in particular for journeys from the proposed Loughborough University Science & Enterprise Park (LUSEP) towards Shepshed (note that LUSEP will be closer to Shepshed than to most of the residential areas of Loughborough, so there is likely to be considerable demand for such journeys). The route for such journeys is rather circuitous, crossing the eastern and northern arms of the roundabout, and incurring substantial delay to cyclists (which would tend to discourage cycling). I recommend that cycling facilities be provided across all four arms of the roundabout, to minimise delays to cycle journeys.
- Current provision at the Snells Nook Lane junction could also be improved. A cyclist coming from the Shepshed direction on the cycle path and turning right onto Snells Nook Lane has to go some distance east of the junction before arriving at the signalled crossing of the eastbound carriageway, and then double back between the carriageways before crossing the westbound carriageway. Why can’t the crossing of the eastbound carriageway be at the junction?
More details of the proposals together with drawing can be found here .