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Wheels are in motion for safe cycling

PUBLISHED: 11:05 09 May 2008 | UPDATED: 07:23 01 August 2010

THE wheels are turning ever faster on the campaign for a safe cycle route from Beccles to the Ellough Industrial Estate.

Clowes employee David Mummery has been campaigning since November to get a cycle route in place along the increasingly busy Ellough Road, where many people cycle to work.

THE wheels are turning ever faster on the campaign for a safe cycle route from Beccles to the Ellough Industrial Estate.

Clowes employee David Mummery has been campaigning since November to get a cycle route in place along the increasingly busy Ellough Road, where many people cycle to work.

On Saturday he managed to attain the support of MP Bob Blizzard, who joined workers who cycle daily to the Ellough industrial estate to see the dangers of biking along the busy narrow roads.

And it has also emerged that Suffolk County Council will start work on a new cycle route from the Swines Green Estate to the Ellough Industrial Estate this year, and will investigate the possibility of constructing a cycle route parallel to the B1127.

A Suffolk County Council spokesperson said: “We have identified the need for improved cycling links connecting the town with Ellough Industrial Estate.

“Swines Green Estate has been identified as an area which needs a new cycle route to the industrial estate. The county council will start work on this scheme this year.

“We do recognise that the new scheme from Swines Green to the industrial estate will not cover all cyclists in Beccles and Worlingham. Later on this year a feasibility study will take place to consider how improvements can be made to other cycle routes to Ellough Industrial Estate, notably along Ellough Road.”

Whilst he is pleased that there will be improvements to the route from Swines Green, David Mummery is still holding out for a route parallel to the Ellough Road.

He said: “People who work in Ellough from Beccles will want to go straight up the Ellough Road. If the route is somewhere else people will still find the shortest route.

“The other route will benefit me because I live in St George's Road but my concern is not just for myself but for the people who want to use the more direct route all the time.”

Mr Blizzard, who cycled round the estate with workers, also feels there should be a cycle route along the Ellough Road. He said: “This is quite close to the town centre and so it's really ideal for people to cycle to work, but the current road is too narrow and dangerous.

“There are ruts made by lorry wheels on both sides because it is not wide enough, so there certainly isn't enough space for bikes. At the moment I can't think of a place in my constituency which would be more suited to a cycle route.”

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