Lib Dems Celebrate as County agrees to consider needs of pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders

The roundabout at Lancaster Way on the A142 in Ely could see a new crossing installed that will benefit not only pedestrians, but cyclists and horse-riders too.

At Cambridgeshire County Council’s Highways & Transport Committee this morning (Tuesday 10 November), the Council’s Lib Dem highways lead Cllr Ian Manning successfully proposed that the Council ask Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority to install a ‘Pegasus’ crossing to serve the needs of all road users.

He also successfully proposed that Ely Cycling Campaign and the British Horse Society should be consulted over the design and location of the crossing.

Cllr Manning said: “This proposal is far better than the original design, and better also than the alternative the Committee was given of a pedestrian-only crossing on the east side of the roundabout. A crossing at this roundabout is very much needed, but by cyclists and riders as well as walkers. And both of those groups are calling for a crossing on the west side of the roundabout, not the east.

“That is why I asked for them to be consulted on the location of the proposed crossing, not just the design. I’m pleased that this suggestion received unanimous support.”

Cllr Lorna Dupré, who represents the nearby village of Witchford, told the Committee that the lack of attention to the needs of walkers, cyclists and equestrians was the reason why the original proposals had been given a resounding thumbs-down in a recent consultation.

 “The concept of ‘improvement’ of this roundabout has only ever been viewed through the prism of increasing capacity and speed for motor traffic,” she told the Committee. “Fortunately the residents of East Cambridgeshire are more committed to sustainability than that.”

She continued: “A Pegasus crossing on the western arm would demonstrate some alignment with the Combined Authority’s Local Transport Plan. It would also assist in furthering the aims of the Rights of Way Improvement Plan, reconnecting pre-existing paths bisected by the A142, and offering entry from south of the A142 into the triangle between Mepal, Ely and Pymoor which has enormous potential for leisure and other uses.”

The request will now have to be made to the Combined Authority, which is the major funder of the scheme.

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