New phase of controversial Southsea cycle lane scheme put on ice

Plans to extend a controversial seafront cycle lane at Southsea in Portsmouth have been put on hold.

The Portsmouth News reports that city council leaders say the route will not now be completed for at least two years.

The Portsmouth cycling fraternity has reacted to the news with disappointment. John Holland, chairman of PompeyBUG, a local cycling forum, wrote, “This is a very disappointing announcement from an organisation which is supposedly committed to encouraging healthy and sustainable travel. The phase 2 costs pall into insignificance when compared with the £6 million or so being spent on the Trafalgar Link Road at Mile End.

“Cyclists will have to endure the awful conditions on Clarence Esplanade where the out-dated and dangerous echelon parking will continue for some time to come.”

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