Cycling lanes to follow new traffic calming islands in Horsham

New traffic calming islands in Copnall Way, Horsham linking Carfax and Albion Way (JJP/Johnston Press). SUS-150428-112551001
New traffic calming islands in Copnall Way, Horsham linking Carfax and Albion Way (JJP/Johnston Press). SUS-150428-112551001

New traffic calming islands have been installed in Horsham town centre in preparation for new contra-flow cycle lanes.

Readers contacted the County Times to express their confusion at the purpose of the new road features between the Carfax and Albion Way.

A spokesperson for West Sussex County Council said: “These traffic calming islands form part of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund cycle route in Horsham.

“We are constructing a contra-flow cycle lane (going from east to west) along Copnall Way that will provide cyclists with improved links into the town centre.

“There will be a coloured cycle lane between the traffic islands at the Piries Place roundabout and Waitrose.”

Meanwhile in other town centre cycling news the top tier of a new cycling parking shelter installed in Medwin Walk earlier this month has been roped off.

A spokesperson for Horsham District Council said: “The upper level of the cycle shelter has been taped off due to a technical issue with the mechanism of the upper rack.

“We are working with West Sussex County Council Highways department to rectify this problem as soon as possible and apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

The two authorities announced £30,000 funding for four new cycling parking shelters earlier this year, with one in Medwin Walk and two others in Lower Tanbridge Way and Park Place. The need for a fourth has been identified in the Bishopric, but a suitable site has yet to be identified.

However when the shelters were unveiled in early April the chosen design was criticised for being difficult to use and impractical, with many cyclists opting to use the nearby railings to secure their bikes instead.

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