Councillors support plan to improve Burntwood Lane walking and cycling corridor 

Published: Friday, December 2, 2022

Councillors have backed plans to upgrade the walking and cycling routes in Burntwood Lane.

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A public consultation will shortly get underway to gauge views on how best to deliver better and safer walking and cycling routes along busy Burntwood Lane. The proposed changes are part of the council’s Future Streets strategy which is delivering a far-reaching package of cleaner, greener and safer active travel choices

Two options are set to be considered as part of this consultation.

One would upgrade the existing ‘patchwork’ of cycle lanes which run adjacent to the flow of traffic in both directions, while an alternative scheme would see a segregated two-way cycle route unveiled on the southern side of Burntwood Lane.

Further road safety improvements would see raised carriageway and other safety measures installed at its junctions with Swaby Road, Dawnay Road, Openview, Fieldview, Ellerton Road, Marham Gardens and Sandgate Lane. These are designed to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety by slowing vehicle traffic as it turns off the main road into these residential side streets.

Burntwood Lane is a busy cut-through route between Trinity Road and Garratt Lane with more than 500 vehicles using it an hour during peak times and the scheme seeks to:

• Improve road safety by reducing speed and the number and severity of collisions

• Improve the quality of existing cycle facilities and provide new facilities where possible

• Improve pedestrian priority and accessibility, including making it easier to cross the road and access schools

Cabinet member for transport Clare Fraser said: “This is an important link between Garratt Lane and Trinity Road and we want to make it safer and enable more people to make a shift to take up walking and cycling.

“We will shortly begin a consultation which will ask people for their views on how we can achieve this. We have drafted up two options at present but these are not set in stone and we would welcome suggestions from our residents on further changes that help ensure we meet their needs.”

• Burntwood Lane is the subject of a wider travel and transport study that aims to improve walking and cycling opportunities in light of the new Springfield Hospital development

As part of this study, plans have been drawn up to improve road safety outside Burntwood School – with a proposal to upgrade pedestrian crossing facilities outside the school gates with a new zebra crossing.

To find out more about plans to improve travel options in Burntwood Lane please visit