Harlow gets £200k for cycleway improvements

Communities / Sat 28th Nov 2020 at 10:26am

By Local Democracy Reporter

A £200,000 investment from Essex County Council is to make key cycleways in Harlow ‘safer, greener and healthier’.

After taking advice from all four Harlow county councillors, town cycling enthusiasts and the leader of Harlow Council, cllr Mark Ingall, the money will now be spent on key cycle routes in the town.

Extra carriageway repair crews are now working in the town, not just on the cycleway improvements, but also on other road and cycleway defects nominated by the four councillors, Cllr Michael Hardware, Cllr Eddie Johnson, Cllr Mike Garnett and Cllr Clive Souter.

These repairs will be taking place over the next few weeks.

Further money is set to be invested by Harlow Council, reflecting the smaller proportion of town cycleways owned by the council.

Councillor Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said: “We have been able to allocate £200,000 to improve three main cycleways in this unique town network.

“As we all know, Harlow was designed in the post-war period as a new town and the environmental vision of planner Sir Frederick Gibberd is really coming into focus now. Harlow is a town with excellent cycle routes which are a gift and worthy of investment.

“Extra crews responding to defects nominated by councillors also help meet our crucial safer, greener, healthier aims to support people’s choices as we all move toward walking and cycling.

“Reducing car use makes us physically and mentally healthier and reduces the risks from local pollution and reduces congestion on the roads. We will be in a better position from now on to maintain these superb cycle links throughout Harlow.”

Harlow’s proposed East-West cycle route from Hamstel Road is planned to be built with part of the county council’s cycling capital budget.

Safety-critical repairs should still be reported to Essex Highways and these will continue to be inspected, with appropriate action taken. As Government and councils work to get more people walking and cycling with better facilities, cycleway works across Essex are being prioritised.

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