Cycle route campaign hails breakthrough

Gary Lewis

Gary Lewis

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by

CAMPAIGNERS are celebrating a potential breakthrough in their battle for a cycleway on a busy Hampshire road where two people have died.

Hampshire county councillor David Harrison has revealed that businesses have offered to cut the cost of a cycle route between Totton and Marchwood by providing money, materials and equipment.

Cllr Harrison has had talks with firms and landowners in the area, including the company that operates Marchwood Quarry.

He said: “ Recent reductions in local bus services mean it’s more important than ever that a safe means of cycling or walking can be found.

The biggest barriers have been cost and land ownership problems but I think we might be able to overcome both.

“I know we can expect generous funding from at least one major commercial interest.”

Cyclist Gary Lewis, 22, of Park Close, Marchwood, was killed in an accident with a lorry at Jacobs Gutter Lane in 2009. The collision occurred just yards from the spot where moped rider Stephen Tippetts, 30, of Maritime Avenue, Marchwood, died three months earlier.

Marchwood is surrounded by narrow country roads that are used by an ever-increasing number of HGVS.

Villagers have spent years campaigning for a cycleway but the cost has been put at £300,000.

Cllr Harrison said: “An agent from the firm that operates Marchwood Quarry has confirmed that the company would likely be interested in supplying materials and construction equipment.

“For the project to succeed it will require a lot of different organisations to work together.”

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6:14pm Fri 20 Jan 12

Sovietobserver says...

Councillor Harrison is again speaking in a discriminatory manner.
'Quote, Recent reductions in local bus services mean it's more important than ever that a safe means of cycling or walking can be found'
No mention about the elderly or infirm residents suffering from the cuts. Let's hear the alternative for them please David.
Councillor Harrison is again speaking in a discriminatory manner. 'Quote, Recent reductions in local bus services mean it's more important than ever that a safe means of cycling or walking can be found' No mention about the elderly or infirm residents suffering from the cuts. Let's hear the alternative for them please David. Sovietobserver
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6:35pm Fri 20 Jan 12

jimMee91 says...

That is a completely different issue, irrelevant to this article .....
Agreed it's a BIG issue that needs addressing.

There is no way it can/should cost £300k to install a cycle lane. In a time where we're being encouraged to cycle/walk/car share and use public transport surely the budget to accommodate this should be increased at the expense of less pressing issues?
That is a completely different issue, irrelevant to this article ..... Agreed it's a BIG issue that needs addressing. There is no way it can/should cost £300k to install a cycle lane. In a time where we're being encouraged to cycle/walk/car share and use public transport surely the budget to accommodate this should be increased at the expense of less pressing issues? jimMee91
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10:16pm Fri 20 Jan 12

CazzB says...

I would welcome a cycle path and foot path from marchwood to totton as I have done both in the summer from netleyview to totton and you really do take your life in your hands through marchwood.
I would welcome a cycle path and foot path from marchwood to totton as I have done both in the summer from netleyview to totton and you really do take your life in your hands through marchwood. CazzB
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12:31pm Thu 2 Feb 12

becksbeare says...

This is great news - having cycled this route in the past it's scary. Unfortunately there'll still be idiots who "cycle too fast for cycle routes" who will choose to use the road...
This is great news - having cycled this route in the past it's scary. Unfortunately there'll still be idiots who "cycle too fast for cycle routes" who will choose to use the road... becksbeare
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