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Option A - M271 junction 1
|The proposal for the M271 junction 1 is to route cyclist and pedestrians over the roundabout using a series of traffic lights to stop traffic. I do not favour this approach as it would deter cycling (longer journey times), and restrict traffic movements around the roundabout at the busiest times of day. A much better approach would be to route the cycle/pedestrian route under the road at two points, and use the footpath on the northern side of the road on the southern part of the roundabout (as shown below).|
Last Updated 26/06/09
I disagree that the suggested route using
a subway on each side of the motorway under the north side of the
flyover/roundabout, these being joined by a loop crossing the motorway along the
south limb of the flyover/roundabout would be a better solution than traffic
lights on the flyover/roundabout itself. The following are my reasons:
(1) The total distance would be less, particularly for cyclists travelling from central Southampton, who are likely to be coming from the Millbrook / Brownhills Road direction. If the average delay at lights is about 20 seconds, then the road option would probably be quicker.
(2) The approaches to the underpasses have tight corners, reducing visibility and increasing commuting times.
(3) Underpasses can be forbidding places, harbouring broken glass and yobs. They are best kept for motorised transport.
(4) Shared use paths are fine for leisure cycling but a last resort for commuters.
John Heath 26/06/09