Celebrating Cycling – Network Improvements – celebrating cycling, cycling in lancaster, lancaster cycling, lancaster city council

Thanks to the Cycling Demonstration Town Project, the Lancaster & Morecambe Economic Development Zone (EDZ) and Lancashire County Council we’ve got lots of infrastructure (new and improved routes) planned for this and coming years. Go to our Cycle Network page to see the full list of cycle routes in the area.

Improvements Completed

     – Lancaster and Morecambe Greenway Links

     – Caton Road / River Lune Millennium Park

     – Signage

     – Lancaster Canal Towpath Improvements

     – Ryelands Park


Lancaster & Morecambe Greenway – Links

Completed January 2007

  • A further link to the Lancaster Morecambe Greenway has been completed at Browsholme on the Scale Hall Farm estate

Completed April/May 2006

  • An improved link from Christie Avenue (see right)across the watercourse- and Ennerdale Avenue to the Lancaster and Morecambe Greenway.
  • A pathway between Lancaster Road and Ullswater Road has been improved. This path provides better acess to the Greenway via Christie and Ennerdale Avenues.

  • A new link at Winthorpe Avenue

Further work is planned near the Shrimp roundabout – to extend the Ullswater Avenue link over Lancaster Road and Broadway.  Plus further minor improvements to access points

Caton Road / River Lune Millennium Park

Completed December 2006

As part of the EDZ Cycling Network a new link has been created to allow better access to the Lansil Industrial Estate from the River Lune Millennium Path.  The link uses land bought from Vertella and leads directly onto Lansil Way.  

Further works planned for Caton Road include conversion of existing footways to shared use and a new toucan crossing are due to be be consulted upon in the near future.

New Signage

Completed December 2006

14 boundary signs have been installed at key entry points across the district welcoming road users to Lancaster and Morecambe (see right).  

In addition to these there are now a number of wayfinder signs on the Lancaster & Morecambe Greenway directing people to key destinations.  In the new year more signs will be going up on roads/paths around the greenway directing people onto the cycleway.

Work on resurfacing the Lancaster Canal is now complete.

Completed November 2006

In 2003/4 the towpath to the north of Lancaster (Hammerton Hall Lane to Carnforth) was improved. In January 2006 work started to extend these improvements through to Aldcliffe Basin at Lancaster. This project is funded by the Lancaster & Morecambe EDZ, Cycling Demonstration Town and Lancashire County Council.

  • Phase One created a link from Caton Road/Langdale Road via Tunnel Field to the eastern side of the Canal using Dolphinlea Bridge. Resurfacing works took place along the canal from the bridge through to Moor Lane (on the western side).

  • Phase Two improvements were from Caton Road to Hammerton Hall Lane and between Moor Lane and Aldcliffe Basin.  The work was then extended southwards (past the Haverbreaks estate until the point where the canal and Aldcliffe Road diverge). New access points have been created on/at Aldcliffe Road (opposite Regent Street and from Bridge 98), Nelson Street Car Park, Green Street, Langdale Road, Ambleside Road and Halton Road.

  • Phase Three comprises a new path running along the eastern side of the canal from Dolphinlea Bridge to Ambleside Road. This will provide a direct link from the Ridge Estate to Caton Road.

    • British Waterways are currently seeking funding to extend these improvements south to Deep Cutting bridge at Ashton Road.

    • Links from the towpath through Haverbreaks and the RLI are currently undergoing negotiation with relevant stakeholders.

    • Please note the towpath over the aqueduct will be resurfaced as part of planned restoration works to the structure (by British Waterways) hopefully in 2007.

Ryelands Park

The new route through Ryelands Park forms part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network (Route No.6) and links the Ryelands Estate and the Barley Cop Lane area with the Millennium Bridge. This route continues north via traffic calmed roads and the upgraded canal towpath to Carnforth.

The final leg of the shared use path around Ryelands Park was completed in April 2006.  This links Morecambe Road to the south with the National Cycle Network route 6 at the junction of Torrisholme Road and Noel Road to the north. Works have also taken place at the Owen Road / Morecambe Road signal controlled crossings on NCN route 6.  Lancashire County Council have a proposal to relocate the Toucan on Morecambe Road nearer to Lancaster.  

Coming Soon

Lancaster City Centre

  • Contraflow on Phoenix Street, Lancaster – consultation underway

  • Lancaster City Council and Lancashire County Council have appointed consultants Mayer Brown to explore Lancaster’s gyratory system and how it can be improved for and/or penetrated by cyclists

Morecambe Promenade

This is still a key initiative for the CDT / Cycling England and is currently awaiting Government / Council approval. In the meantime negotiations with stakeholders are ongoing ready for when the approval is received including; improvements to the Knowlys Road access, the VVV access, the Marine Drive/Rushley Drive junction including a new access to the canal towpath and Advisory cycle lanes on Central Drive.

last updated 18 January 2007