Cycle track is latest mortorists’ rat run

The cycle path at Freeman's Wood at the end of St George's Quay, which motorists are using as a short cut through to Aldcliffe.
The cycle path at Freeman's Wood at the end of St George's Quay, which motorists are using as a short cut through to Aldcliffe.
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DRIVERS in Lancaster have been using a cycle track to avoid roadworks in the city centre.

On one afternoon recently, police stopped six motorists attempting to use the cycle path between New Quay Road, off St George’s Quay, and Aldcliffe, according to ward Coun Jon Barry.

Police said problems had increased due to ongoing sewer works causing headaches for drivers in Cable Street and St George’s Quay, but that the “scooting round” to avoid the traffic had been a problem for a while.

A Bollard placed at the entrance has also been removed.

Coun Jon Barry warned that there could be a serious injury unless action is not taken immediately to prevent cars using the cycle track.

He said: “In April 2011, the city council said that they would be putting up new warning notices at both ends of the track and bollards at the Quay end.

“However, despite repeated lobbying by me, this didn’t happen. Earlier this year, the County Council also became involved but, again, still no progress.”

Richard Tredennick, community beat manager for Castle Ward said: “It has increased since the roadworks started in Cable Street, and people have been using the cycle track as a shortcut, thinking they could just scoot round.”

A spokeswoman for Lancaster City Council said: “Lancaster City Council is working with the county council to improve existing signage to ensure motorists are aware that vehicles are not permitted along the path unless they require legitimate access to adjoining land. Additional signage will be supplied and erected in the next few weeks.”