John Whitehouse

Retired County Councillor for Kenilworth Abbey Division Learn more

K2L (Kenilworth to Leamington) Cycle Route

by John Whitehouse on 7 April, 2009

K2L Rally 2008

Yesterday I met the Cycleways K2L action group, who are trying to raise the profile again of this long-running campaign for improvements for cyclists on the route between Kenilworth and Leamington. The route has a number of major obstacles and hazards for cyclists, including the Thickthorn Island over the A46, the Chesford cross roads and the narrow bridge over the Avon. The whole route lacks any cycle lane provision (on or off road) over its entire length.

The key problem is that while K2L is included in Warwickshire’s Local Transport Plan, it is an “aspiration” rather than a firm commitment. Funds are concentrated in the main on developing cycle routes in towns rather than between towns, unless they form part of the Sustrans Nation Cycle Network – which K2L doesn’t at present.

And yet, there is plenty of evidence as to how popular a safe K2L route would be. Petitions and surveys have been held in the past, plus rallies and mass cycle events on the route.

I’ve agreed to help the K2L group all I can, both as a local county councillor and also in my role as Warwick District cycle champion. Already I’ve got commitments from county council officers that the planned traffic signalisation of the Thickthorn Island (to meet increased traffic flows from Stoneleigh Park) will be adapted to help cyclists traverse in safety.

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