Start date set for transport schemes

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WORK will start on three schemes to improve transport in September thanks to a £350,000 investment.

Lincolnshire County Council is using the money to construct a footpath in Ryhall Road, Stamford, build a footpath and a cycleway in Casterton Road, Stamford, and install a pelican crossing in Sidney Farm Lane, Stamford.

The work will start at the beginning of September and the council is hoping to complete it by the end of the year.

It is part of the council’s community travel zone schemes, which aims to cut the number of short car journeys made so people can travel in a more sustainable way.

County councillor David Brailsford (Con), who represents the Stamford west ward, said: “It is fantastic news that three more community travel zone schemes planned for Stamford now have start dates.

“The crossing on Sidney Farm Lane will provide a safer environment for all pedestrians, including those parents who prefer to walk their children to Malcolm Sargent Primary School.

“Cycle routes and pathways in Casterton Road and Ryhall Road have been campaigned for over many years, so residents will now be able to leave their cars at home.

“I look forward to the completion of all three schemes.”

The council had originally intended for the Sidney Farm Lane improvement to be a zebra crossing but this was changed to a pelican crossing after concerns were raised by Stamford Town Council.

Coun Brailsford said: “It would be great if we needed more cycle parking spaces in the future, as a result of so many more people travelling in an environmentally friendly way.”

The council sent question-naires to people living and working in Stamford in 2009 asking which of a number of schemes should be implemented first. It said the number implemented would depend on the costs involved and the highest priority areas, which is why it has taken so long to start work on these schemes.