The new roundabout scheme will improve safety in the area by giving priority to pedestrians and cyclists over motorists. The Fendon Road/Queen Edith’s Way roundabout is an important route for both commuters and those on their way to school or college, and is a location that over recent years has experienced many collisions involving cyclists.
In 2013 the Council was successful in securing funding from the DfT Cycle Safety Fund programme for a number of schemes including the Perne Road/Radegund Road roundabout. That design included aspects of a Dutch-style roundabout, including a central overrun strip that visually reduces carriageway width to generate lower speeds. This has proved to be a highly successful scheme, which has statistically eliminated reported cycle collisions at that location.
The Fendon Road scheme builds on this, going a stage further by providing cycle and pedestrian priority including zebra crossings for pedestrians, and a dedicated red cycle path around the roundabout for cyclists.
Works on site are due to commence in early 2019 and the scheme’s total cost is estimated to be £800,000. The allocation of the capital grant will complement £250,000 of local funding from Section 106 developer contributions.
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