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A52 Cycle and footpath narrow and overgrown

Reported in the Pavement/footpath issue category anonymously at 12:23, Saturday 16 May 2020

Sent to Highways England less than a minute later

Moderated by Highways England at 15:11, Monday 18 May 2020

Good morning

For the last two years I have been contacting theHighways dept, Nottinghamshire County Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council regarding maintenance of their cycle and walking path that runs along the A52 in Radcliffe on Trent.

The worst part is from Golf Road gong towards Nottingham up to the RSPCA, although continuing into Nottingham is still a problem.

The path is so narrow you can just get one bike on it and considering it is a major cycle route for people going to work you get cycles coming in the opposite direction which cannot pass and you have to stop to let others pass. It is also used by many runners and people out walking both ways and gets very congested.

The bushes and tree overhang the path a lot sometimes detrimental to those walking as they are sharp bushes but dangerous for cyclists where the branches hang across and some you have to duck for and others are difficult to avoid unless you ride onto the grass.

The path is so narrow. I believe there is a wider path there but the grass has been allowed to grow over time and reduced the width. I realise that there is the A52 on one side and a ditch to the other but there is plenty of room to widen the path safely. Even people with pushchairs cannot use it as not enough room and if they have a child or person walking with them they have to be in single file which is not acceptable.

If someone would actually cycle or walk down the path especially the place I have mentioned they would see the problem. Obviously it is worse in spring and summer when the grass, bushes and trees grow.

I rang the Authorities three times last year to cut the grass and bushes but to no avail no one cut it at all last year. It is my understanding that there is a contract for at least twice a year and presuming someone is paying for something that is not being done?

At least if the grass was kept cut short and bushes were cut people would have somewhere to go if someone coming the other way or wanted to pass in the same direction. You wouldn’t want to pull over onto the grass with the length it is, on a bike as you can’t see what is beneath it. My husband tried cycling to work two years ago and had so many punctures in the same area that he gave e up and uses his car to travel 6 miles.

I thought we are trying to encourage people to walk and cycle but it does not appear this is the case on a main route into a city, it is a shambles. With Covid 19 the last 7 weeks the situation is so much worse, with so many people trying to cycle and walk and keep social distancing, it is impossible. I have either had to walk on the A52, a very busy road to get past or cross the very busy road. It is dangerous and for those with children it is not acceptable. The grass is two feet high and the path is just about the width of one person currently.

Can this be widened and maybe a barrier installed like at Golf road so children would be safe walking or cycling next to a busy main road?

With kind regards

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  • Thank you for contacting Highways England. We have passed you report regarding the overgrown vegetation on the A52 to our local inspector who will review the issue on their next safety check.

    We aim to provide a further update no later than 27 May 2020.

    Kind regards

    Highways England

    Posted by Highways England at 08:17, Wednesday 20 May 2020

  • Thank you for your patience while we look into your enquiry.

    We are currently still investigating your concerns and please accept my apologies that we can't provide any further information at this time.

    We aim to provide a more detailed update no later than 3 June 2020.

    Kind regards

    Highways England

    Posted by Highways England at 19:52, Wednesday 27 May 2020

  • A52 is so bad that on cycle track you find it hard to get through.

    Posted anonymously at 19:56, Thursday 28 May 2020
    Moderated by Highways England at 14:18, Friday 29 May 2020

  • Thank you for your patience whilst we completed the repairs in relation to your report. We can confirm that the repair is now completed, and you should notice a safer journey in this area.

    We would like to thank you for contacting us about your concerns. If you require any further update on this issue our Customer Contact Centre is available 24 hours a day at:
    * 0300 123 5000
    * info@highwaysengland.co.uk

    Please quote 11708830 to discuss this matter further.

    Kind regards

    Highways England

    Posted by Highways England at 14:14, Friday 29 May 2020
    Moderated by Highways England at 14:14, Friday 29 May 2020

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