Tag Archives: Nuneaton

Road Alteration Plans in Nuneaton

It’s been reported that as part of the Transforming Nuneaton project, ideas are afoot to make significant changes to the town’s ring-road (part of the A444), including the branch of the road passing the station. While changes do consider improvements for bus services and make mention of cycling access to the station, in general they concern me.

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Integrating Active Travel in New Developments

‘The Close’ Retirement Apartments (CG Image – Front View) – McCarthy & Stone

Nuneaton has a landmark new residential development currently in the building phase. By McCarthy & Stone, this new block of retirement apartments is sited at a prime town centre location which offers a number of benefits for the older generation – directly opposite the town’s main library, backing on to a key public park, only 250 metres from the main Sainsbury’s supermarket, a short walk to the museum and art gallery and a larger park, literally at one end of the town’s main shopping area which includes a bi-weekly market, only roughly 450 metres away from the bus station and 550 metres from the train station – in other words, this should be perfect for car-free living.

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Nuneaton Car Park Tariff Board

The Folly of Reducing Car Parking Charges

Locally, the issue of car parking charges has cropped up from time-to-time, with some politicians arguing for a reduction, e.g. £1.00 for 3 hours parking at weekdays. The argument for a reduced car parking charge is that it will encourage visits to the town centre, and with it being a fixed cost for a longer period of time, these visits will also be extended as people won’t be rushing back to their cars to avoid the next tariff. However, I maintain this is a bad idea and often say so on Twitter. To save me making the same arguments over and over again, it’s now high time that I put them here!

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Small Changes for Notable Improvements

It’s so easy to get caught up in the demand for long, protected cycleways and high quality infrastructure (a worthy goal, of course), that it’s easy to overlook how making relatively small adjustments can make a notable difference for cycling.

One such location occurred to me today as I was cycling to the neighbouring town of Bedworth. My most direct route which also avoids the worst of the hills is obstructed at one point, where a cyclist is presented with two options: 1) dismount, walk a short distance along the footpath, use a pedestrian, walk a further short distance on the footpath before joining the next road to continue ahead, or 2) follow the road on a diversion that loops around to the destination and also includes hills on a busy main road.

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Improving Air Quality on Congested Roads and Induced Demand

On 13 December, at a County Council session, the issue of excessive traffic causing unsafe levels of pollutants in the air was raised by Cllr Caroline Phillips. This was in specific relation to the ring-road in Nuneaton, where a bottleneck in the short route causes surrounding major roads towards the town to seize up.

You can watch Councillor Phillips raise the matter in the following video, which starts from the appropriate point.

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K-Frame Barrier

K-Frame Barriers – Part 4: A Director Responds

The ongoing saga relating to access restrictions on cycle paths, specifically Nuneaton’s Weddington Walk (part of National Cycle Network Route 52) continues following receipt of a response to my questions, this time from a Council director. The contents of that reply are copied below. I was a little disappointed that the email was headed ‘Draft’ in the subject, almost like it wasn’t ready to be sent out or hadn’t been checked, but since I have it, I’m taking it as the Council’s official response. Continue reading

Shared Use Paths: Unacceptable Infrastructure

I took a short ride around Nuneaton yesterday on a route that takes me around part of the small ring-road on a shared-use path.

This is one of those routes where pedestrians are meant to keep to one side (left, in this case), and cyclists the other, with a solid line down the centre of the path indicating that division, with stencilled decals marking the intent. However, there is no physical restriction and pedestrians (and indeed cyclists) can easily cross to the ‘wrong’ side.

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K-Frame Barrier

K-Frame Barriers – Part 3: Information Not Held

Yesterday, I receive my long-awaited reply to last month’s follow up request for information relating to the use of K-frame barriers, specifically on Weddington Walk. The full allowance of twenty working days was used to provide me with the responses of either ‘we do not hold that information’ or ‘this is not a request for information.’ Continue reading

Improving Cycle/Pedestrian Crossing Points – Part 2

A couple of weeks back, I compiled a number of what I considered to be small suggestions on how a small section of road, and in particular the pedestrian and cycling crossing points, could be improved. This I sent through to Warwickshire County Council Highways, and today I received a response. The general message seems pretty positive on the surface. Although, perhaps unsurprisngly, the majority of my suggestions are not necessarily ones that they’ll take forward, the Council has acknowledged that improvements on that corridor (or route) to Nuneaton are needed to improve cycling, and that improvements and new links have been identified with assistance from Sustrans. Continue reading

Improving Cycle/Pedestrian Crossing Points

In Nuneaton, there is an advisory cycle lane that runs on the Weddington Road/A444 southbound towards the town. The lane is far from perfect – it’s advisory only, frequently has cars parked in it and is only paint not affording cyclists any real protection from motor traffic. In an ideal world, I’d see the whole route upgraded but I’ve decided to write to Warwickshire CC Highways regarding the upgrade of smaller sections to make the route easier and safer to use – improvements to two road crossing points which can currently be tricky, and a better connection between the on-road advisory lane on Weddington Road and the on-road advisory lane on Leicester Road as it goes over the railway. Continue reading