New cycle lanes to link Hykeham station to business parks

A 2-3km new cycle lane could be created from Hykeham Railway Station to nearby business parks as part of efforts to improve transport in the area.

The new footpath and cycle links would connect Whisby Road and Sadler Road from the station to the LN6 employment, area which includes Teal Park, Discovery Park, Leafbridge and Doddington Road.

North Kesteven District Councillors will receive a report on the feasability studies done so far at a meeting next Thursday.

In documents before councillors, officers said the area suffers from “a number of accessibility issues largely linked to physical constraints within the vicinity”.

“Traffic congestion, particularly at peak hours, is a considerable issue for many of the businesses operating from this area,” said the report.

“Although well located to the surrounding strategic road network, internal movements are often difficult due to the sheer volume of vehicles on the local road network.”

A map showing the route options for new cycle lanes and footpaths.

A number of works have already taken place in the area to improve options, including investment in the train service, improvements to bus services, installing hire bikes and additional parking.

Officers added: “The provision of a more direct foot and cycle path would be beneficial for the area and is a key aspiration for partners.”

It forms part of a series of works aimed at cutting down private car usage, reduce emissions and increase health and wellbeing.

The plans already have the support from some of the nearby businesses including Siemens.

Officers also pointed to the COVID-19 pandemic and how more people have begun using cycles more as habits have changed under the lockdown.

Funding still needs to be secured for the project before consultation can begin, however, if agreed on Thursday, officers will begin exploring the options and speaking with local landowners.

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