Petition is launched to change cycling route

Part of the one-way system in Amble.
Part of the one-way system in Amble.

A petition has been launched to change a cycle route in Amble, so stop vehicles and cyclists travelling in opposite directions along a one-way system.

The campaign has been started by the Amble Parking Group, which consists of the town council, business club, development trust and the county council.

It is calling on Sustrans to alter its national cycle route to other streets, following the implementation of the permanent one-way system in part of the town.

Currently, the route takes cyclists in the opposite direction to traffic, which has been branded ‘dangerous’ by critics.

The petition has already been signed by almost 200 people.

Speaking at last Thursday’s Amble Town Council meeting, Coun Helen Lewis said: “When we first started to look at traffic-flow issues in Amble, we came up with the idea of a one-way system.

“We worked on the assumption that the cycle route would be changed when the one-way system became permanent; something which has been stressed since the beginning.

“But it has not been changed and the guy from the county council who represents Sustrans is adamant that it won’t change.

“It is legal to have cyclists going in the opposite direction to traffic, but we think it is dangerous and we have fought this for a long time.”

Three or four alternative routes have been suggested by campaigners, including along Percy Street to the roundabout, turning right onto Bridge Street and then across the Town Square.

The petition is available to sign at various businesses in the town and at Fourways 2.