Sunday, 2 December 2012

Coventry Gateway Cycleway Network Proposal

Coventry Gateway Partnership should be commended for setting very ambitious targets for traffic reduction, and especially for the number of people they intend to reach their site on foot or by bike.

However, in their present form, the plans fall a long way short of a genuine Dutch standard network of approach paths.

Sir Peter should learn from the experience of the airport, where the lack of a comprehensive surface access strategy was a major part of the failure to gain permanent permission for a new terminal building.

I really don't want to have to say "told you so" again - it is still a great shame that the airport terminal lies empty, but despite attending the inquiry to support the airport, I had no choice but to be deeply critical of the surface transport strategy.

Below is the sort of cycle routes network the Gateway scheme needs if it is to have a decent chance of getting through the planning process, which is also very likely to need a public inquiry:

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