The first phase of works to create a quick and safe cycle route into the heart of Middlesbrough is set for completion.
The new route will eventually run from the town centre along Linthorpe Road and on to Acklam and link into sections of the Tees Valley cycling and walking network that have recently been delivered, which provide onward links to Thornaby and Stockton.
The improvements have been given funded from the Department for Transport and from TVCA’s Transforming Cities Fund.
Phase 1 of the scheme will link Borough Road to Ayresome Street through a mix of protected space for cycling on the highway, and improved road crossings for cyclists and pedestrians and is expected to be completed in September this year.
This scheme will help to:
- Improve safety
- Create a more pedestrian-friendly route
- Support the local economy
- Improve accessibility to local retail, leisure, and services
- Reduce congestion, improving air quality and the local environment
- Improve the public realm
- Improve public health by reducing pollution
- Create an environment where people can travel actively
- Show a commitment to the government's aim of significantly increasing cycling levels
At a later date phase two delivery will take this further by extending the route from Ayresome Street to Devonshire Road.
Both phases will deliver improvements through a mix of protected space for cycling on the highway, improved road crossings for cyclists and pedestrians and quieter back streets.
During the phase one works during the summer months, normal on-site working hours will be between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, with some twilight working (7pm-12am) where necessary. Any road closures will be kept to an absolute minimum. It is anticipated that two way traffic flow, and full access to premises and properties will be maintained at all times.