New segregated cycle lane planned along entire length of Cardiff’s Newport Road
Alex Seabrook, local democracy reporter
A new segregated cycle lane is planned along the entire length of Cardiff’s Newport Road to the city’s boundary.
The route would then link up with a proposed segregated cycle route along the A48 into the centre of Newport.
A pop-up cycleway built along part of the Newport Road near the city centre has now finally opened, after facing a year-long delay due to supply chain shortages and safety issues.
This section runs until the junction with Broadway in Adamsdown but could eventually take cyclists from Cardiff’s city centre all the way to central Newport.
Cardiff council is exploring options for the design of the route and will consult the public on options later this year. The route also would connect to St Mellons Business Park and the planned Cardiff Parkway train station, running down Cypress Drive.
It’s unclear if the route would run exactly along Newport Road, or on nearby streets in some sections such as Broadway following the “Newport Road corridor”.
Details of the plans were revealed in an answer to a written question to Councillor Caro Wild, cabinet member for transport and strategic planning, at a full council meeting on January 27.
The answer said: “The council is seeking to provide a permanent segregated cycle route along the entire length of the Newport Road corridor to the city’s boundary with Newport.
“The route would connect to a future segregated cycle lane that is planned along the A48 within the neighbouring Newport local authority area, that would extend into west and central Newport.”
The other pop-up cycleway the council is building, along Tyndall Street, has also faced delays but is now due to open in February.
Elsewhere, environmentally sensitive lighting is due to be installed soon along the cycle route through Sophia Gardens and along Pontcanna Fields. An extension to this route is also being designed, to run past Cardiff Metropolitan University and to the old BBC building.
The Cardiff to Newport route could eventually be extended to Barry as well, and form part of the unfinished and patchy National Cycle Route 88, which runs from central Newport through the Gwent Levels, but stops at the boundary with Cardiff near St Mellons Business Park.
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