Cycle lanes on Dorchester Road, Weymouth to be made safer

Work is about to start to improve cycle lanes on Dorchester Road, Weymouth, to give users a greater sense of safety.

As part of the upgrade by Dorset Council’s highways service, intermittent bolt-down kerbing and wands are being installed to encourage more students to choose active travel for their journey to Wey Valley Academy.

The improvements will also provide a safer, direct cycle route into the town centre for residents in the Redlands, Broadwey and Upwey areas.

Preparation work will be carried out on Monday 28 February to remove some of the existing cycle lane markings and will be followed by lining works to install a solid white line for the new layout.

To improve awareness of the cycle lane at junctions, some existing road markings will also be changed.

Work to install the separating features will start on Monday 7 March and take one week to complete.

Both sets of work will be carried out from 9am to 3pm using stop and go traffic management, working on one side of the road at a time.

Cllr Ray Bryan, Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said: “By providing a safer space for on-road cycling on Dorchester Road we can encourage more residents to choose active travel for their short journeys to school and into town.

“It doesn’t take long to install each feature and our workforce will do their best to maintain access to properties, however, please be patient as there may be some moments where residents have a short wait to access their homes.

“Drivers should allow some extra time for their journeys while this work is taking place.”

When the new layout is in place, residents and businesses will continue to have unobstructed access to their properties across the cycle lane, and buses will have space to safely pull in and out of stops.

The scheme is costing around £65,000 and is funded by the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Active Travel Fund.

Dorset Council was awarded £438,900 by Government last year after a successful bid to the DfT. The funding aims to make it easier for people to walk and cycle more, to build physical activity more easily into people’s lives and reduce congestion and reduce emissions of local pollution.

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