INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the public consultation page for the exciting proposals for the two-way segregated cycle lane along the A183 Whitburn Road.

The aim of the project is to reallocate existing road space to allow for full segregation between pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles to improve and create sustainable transport links in and around the city of Sunderland; while at the same time having no significant impact on motorists by maintaining a two-way vehicle flow along this route.

By physically separating cyclists and pedestrians along with installing a number of new pedestrian crossings, more people will be able to safely enjoy the Seaburn seafront and access key local recreational hotspots such as Roker park and Roker Cliff Park.

Initial engagement was undertaken in December 2020 and all comments have been reviewed and used to inform the final proposals for the scheme. Undertaking a further public consultation ahead of the works commencing is an important part of the process and allows you the opportunity to engage with Sunderland’s vision and to provide valuable feedback on the proposals.

THE SITE

The proposed two-way cycle lane will run along a scenic stretch of the A183 Whitburn Road from the former Tram Stop at Seaburn, opposite Seaburn Recreational Ground, to the Bungalow Café, Roker.

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT

The Government has a vision to get the country more active and to encourage people on to bikes and other sustainable modes of transport to get around cities. The COVID-19 pandemic has also changed the way people are moving around the city and in Sunderland, more daily journeys are being made by active and sustainable travel modes. Data from the Council’s Automatic Traffic Counters has shown that during lockdown there was a 127% increase in cycling along the A183 Whitburn Road compared to previous years. To help maintain and promote active travel, it is vital that safe provision is made for cyclists, pedestrians and vehicle users.

Sunderland City Council has been successful in securing funding from the Department of Transport to improve cycling facilities along the A183 Whitburn Road which will be used to deliver the scheme.

The proposals will reallocate existing road space to allow for full segregation between pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles to improve and create safe and sustainable transport links in and around the city.

Two-way vehicular traffic flow along Whitburn Road will be retained. This requires the removal of the existing central hatch road markings, however vehicles will still be able to turn right by waiting on the main thoroughfare. This arrangement is common practice across the city. New zebra crossings and traffic signal-controlled crossing points for pedestrians will also be introduced to replace existing pedestrian refuge islands, which will significantly improve safety for all users, whilst also acting as a traffic calming measure.

New cycle parking facilities will also be introduced along the route and there will be improvements to bus stop facilities through the introduction of raised bus kerbs to allow better access to public transport for all residents in the area.

It is acknowledged that there is an existing pinch point at Roker Bridge where it is not possible to introduce a dedicated two-way cycle lane. It is therefore proposed that this section will revert to a shared surface facility for approximately 130m. This shared surface area will be widened to reduce the risk of pedestrian/cycle conflict. The Council are actively looking for funding opportunities to facilitate additional improvements in this area.

The works are planned to commence in the Autumn of 2021 and are anticipated to be complete by Spring 2022.

The proposals are in-keeping with the Council’s commitment to create a healthy prosperous city, and to promote the use of alternative modes of transport and encourage healthy living.

Comments made during the previous engagement have been used to inform the final proposals and further details are provided on the plans below.

Benefits

  • Improved cycle infrastructure.
  • Encourages the use of sustainable transport to aid in reducing carbon emissions.
  • Improved road safety and reduction in pedestrian/vehicle conflict.
  • Improved accessibility for all highway users.
  • Maintains the two-way vehicle flow.
  • Introduction of new zebra crossing and traffic signal-controlled crossing points.
  • Introduction of new cycle parking facilities along the route.
  • Improved bus stop facilities through the introduction of raised bus kerbs.

Q & A

  1. Where will the cycle lane run from/to?

The two-way cycle lane will run from the former Tram Stop at Seaburn, opposite Seaburn Recreational Ground to the Bungalow Café, Roker.

  1. What are the timescales for delivering the scheme?

To minimise disruption to residents, businesses and visitors, it is proposed that the works will be undertaken outside of the school holidays.

The works are planned to commence in the Autumn of 2021 and are anticipated to be complete by Spring 2022.

  1. What will happen to the cycle lane when it reaches the bridge over the Roker Park entrance?

The section of footway across the bridge is already a shared use facility that cyclists and pedestrians can use in a safe manner. As part of the new scheme, the shared surface area will be widened to help reduce pedestrian/cyclist conflict whilst retaining sufficient space for vehicles.

At present there is no funding to improve and widen the bridge deck to allow for fully segregated cycle use however Sunderland City Council are actively seeking funding for additional improvements in this area.

  1. What will happen to the central hatching currently along Whitburn Road which enables vehicles to turn right?

The central hatching will be removed to accommodate the two-way segregated cycle lane, however the layout of no central hatching is common across Sunderland. Any cars turning right will need to wait until it is safe to do so. The installation of new zebra crossings and traffic signal-controlled junctions will however assist with creating gaps in traffic flow to allow for these vehicle movements.

  1. Will the proposed route impact on emergency vehicles using the road?

Two-way vehicle movements will be retained along the road. Emergency services have been consulted as part of the proposals and have not raised any concerns regarding the proposals. They will still be able to adequately gain access along the road.

  1. Will cyclists still be able to use the pedestrian footpath?

The current shared use facility for pedestrians/cyclists will be revoked and cyclists will be required to use the dedicated two-way cycle lane.

  1. Will any traffic calming measures be introduced to improve road safety?

The removal of the central hatching and right turn pockets will act as a traffic calming feature as will the Zebra crossing and traffic signal-controlled crossing points. The introduction of the segregated two-way cycle lane will also improve safety for road users, cyclists and pedestrians.

  1. Will the segregated cycle lane be extended in the future/introduced in other parts of Sunderland?

There are plans to extend cycle ways throughout the city, the proposals for which are still being determined and designed. Any further routes will be consulted on in due course.

HAVE YOUR SAY

We would welcome any feedback you may have on the proposals.

Please use the feedback form below to submit any comments. Alternatively, comments can be emailed to consultation@dppukltd.com or posted to:

DPP, Studio 012, Haylofts, St Thomas Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4LE.

Please submit your comments by Friday 6th August 2021.


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