Crawley town centre cycle path plan

Crawley Town Centre Cycle path (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150630-082722008
Crawley Town Centre Cycle path (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150630-082722008

A councillor has revealed plans for a town centre cycle path.

The shared pedestrian and cyclist path will go through Crawley High Street and The Boulevard.

Peter Smith (Lab, Ifield) spoke of his excitement at the plan to connect cycle paths east and west of the town centre.

Mr Smith, vice-chair of West Sussex Cycling Forum, said: “Crawley is an ideal town to cycle in because it’s largely flat and it’s compact.”

He explained Morrisons would pay for the borough council scheme as part agreements made when planning permission was given for the High Street supermarket. The council would incur no capital costs for the scheme.

Under the plans, the existing footway on the High Street will be made into a 4m wide path to be shared by pedestrians and cyclists.

The path will connect to the segregated cycle paths in Pegler Way and Driftway, near the store.

Mr Smith said the council planned to make the footpath on the northern side of The Boulevard into another shared use cyclepath. It would also be funded by Section 106 planning agreements.

He said it would connect to the High Street path with the cycle path in Northgate Avenue near the police station.

Mr Smith said traffic light crossings on the roundabout between The Boulevard and Northgate Avenue were not part of the plan but could be built. He said funds could become available to do so as the area underwent development. The planning application for The Boulevard scheme was to be made in July.

The council received the planning application on the High Street scheme on May 19. It was expected to come to a decision on it on July 14. Waterman, which made the application on behalf of the council, proposed the scheme would be built during the school holidays.

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