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A48 cycling park & ride could cut traffic queues on A40 into Gloucester

A48 cycling park & ride could cut traffic queues on A40 into Gloucester

(Image: Cambridge News) A proper park and ride for cyclists could help ease traffic congestion on the A48 between the Forest of Dean and Gloucester…

Thursday, Jun 10

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(Image: Cambridge News) A proper park and ride for cyclists could help ease traffic congestion on the A48 between the Forest of Dean and Gloucester says a local councillor.

Councillor Roger Blowey says he often sees commuters who would rather get on their bikes rather than sit in standing traffic on the last few miles of their journey into Gloucester.

And he believes many more would join them if there was a a designated cycle path with room for parking alongside it linking the A48 to the A40 and the city.

Residents have already spotted cyclists using unofficial parking places such as the car park of a closed down pub on the A48.

The chairman of Minsterworth Parish Council says an existing footpath currently used by cyclists could be widened to create an official cycleway with room for both pedestrians and those on two wheels.

Although some cyclists brave the A48 during the day and weekends, there aren’t many who dare to do so during the busy rush hour when the traffic is nose to tail before joining the A40 pinch point at Highnam.

There is a cycle path by the Newent turn off but that is further along on the the opposite side of the busy A40 and has no parking facilities.Mr Blowey says one on the opposite side of the A40 would allow cyclists to reach Gloucester Docks via a scenic route through Alney Island and Castle Meadows during the summer."It hasn’t happened so much this year because the traffic has not been […]

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