Lib Dems welcome Bassett cycle lanes rethink

Responding to reports that the Labour-run City Council have axed part of a controversial cycle lane on Bassett Avenue, Bassett campaigner Richard Blackman commented:

"Part of me is sad to see the cycle lanes go, but it was a trial so if Southampton City Council has - as we called for - been listening to residents' concerns, and if monitoring of the traffic data has shown a negative impact, then a rethink is certainly in order. To reduce noise pollution and for safety reasons I hope that the 30mph speed limit will remain.

"I trust the Labour Council will stand firm on the cycle lanes south of the Winchester Road roundabout as they are particularly important for connectivity between key destinations within our city.

"The decision to remove the cycle lanes does nothing to resolve the issue of congestion on the city's roads or to make progress on sustainability in our regional transport network. At the very least we call on the Council to work with neighbouring authorities to implement a Park and Ride scheme."

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