NYCC to consider cycle safety at junction

NADV 1310299AM2 Marks and Spencers site on Leeds Road. (1310299AM2)
NADV 1310299AM2 Marks and Spencers site on Leeds Road. (1310299AM2)

North Yorkshire County Council have told cycling campaigners they will be reconsidering the design of the junction of Leeds Road and Hookstone Road and look at ways to possibly include advanced stop lines (ASL’s) to improve cycle safety.

The junction - one of the busiest in Harrogate - is currently undergoing a redesign to accommodate a Marks and Spencer supermarket on Leeds Road.

Dave Prince of Cycle Harrogate said he wanted to see ASL’s at the busy junction, which would allow cyclists to pull in front of cars while waiting at traffic lights, rather than waiting alongside cars.

He said: “It isn’t nice cycling along Hookstone Road then getting to this junction.

“It is a major junction, it should be looked at.”

Mr Prince added: “I just don’t think North Yorkshire County Council think of cyclists much, just a little change at a junction can make a big difference.”

Malcolm Margolis of cycling group Wheel Easy said: “The fact that North Yorkshire Council has agreed to reconsider the design of the junction with a view to including advanced stop lines is very good news.

“If implemented, ASL’s will greatly improve cycle safety at the junction.”

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