Fears raised over cycle route safety

Broughton Parish Councillor Gerard Parke-Hatton at the Guild Wheel site in Broughton PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS
Broughton Parish Councillor Gerard Parke-Hatton at the Guild Wheel site in Broughton PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS
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safety fears have been raised over plans to build a cycle route on a traffic-clogged city commuter route.

Once completed, the 21-mile Guild Wheel will allow cyclists and walkers to navigate around Preston, linking neighbourhoods with sports facilities, beauty spots and the city centre.

The route, which is due for completion next June and will be a legacy of the 2012 Guild celebrations, will pass along the A6 at Broughton, near Preston.

Plans are in place to widen the pavement to enable cyclists to share it with pedestrians.

But Broughton Parish Council has raised concerns and Coun Gerard Parke-Hatton, said: “There are a number of matters of concern. There is the narrowing of the A6 and the fact that, on the footpath on the east side, there will be no distinction between cyclists and pedestrians.”