£400k set to benefit cyclists

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Cyclists in Long Eaton are set to benefit from £400,000 of road improvements thanks to Government funding.

The roundabout at the junction of Derby Road and Market Place – known as The Green – will be removed and replaced with traffic lights, which Derbyshire County Council says will benefit cyclists and pedestrians alike.

Mike Ashworth deputy director for environmental services said: “Road safety is one of our top priorities and we hope these measures will help reduce the number of accidents in the area and give people more confidence to choose cycling as a means of travel.”

But Erewash Liberal Democrats party chairman Martin Garnett said: “New money for safer cycling is excellent news. The Green is a particularly difficult area for cyclists, but I will await sight of the plans to see if they really will be convenient for cyclists as well as safer.

“Hard engineering is insufficient on its own. We also need better training for cyclists and better awareness of cyclists by other road users, to really make cycling safer.”