Sutton removes trial cycle paths

Temporary cycle paths installed in the London Borough of Sutton during the autumn have been removed.

The trial measures were launched in September to create a dedicated space for people to cycle and provide a safer, active, greener travel alternative to the car for journeys to Sutton town centre as the first lockdown restrictions were relaxed.

However Sutton Council says recent traffic survey data and consultation feedback have highlighted that the trial has not achieved its objectives – the number of cyclists has not grown and car use has returned to pre-lockdown levels.

The decision to remove the cycle lanes was taken under delegated powers by officers based on traffic survey results and responses to the council consultation on the cycle lanes.

“The Council has listened and, as we have said since the start, will remove any schemes that are not working,” explained Councillor Manuel Abellan, Chair of the Council’s Environment & Sustainable Transport Committee. “Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide us with feedback on this trial scheme in Sutton Town Centre. 

“We will now be taking out the cycle paths in St Nicholas and Throwley Way due to the low number of users and restoring the previous traffic lanes.

“The trial has provided useful information though and the Council remains committed to its ambitious plans to get more Sutton residents walking and cycling rather than using their cars for short journeys. This will also help our response to the climate emergency.  

“We will continue to look for new ways to make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to access Sutton High Street as part of our exciting plans to regenerate Sutton Town Centre in the coming years.”

(File picture – Yay Images)

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