I have spoken to the road engineer for the Spawell Roundabout this afternoon. He informed me that the new roundabout junction layout was put in place to regularise the existing one lane format at the same time as protecting cyclists from cars squeezing into two lanes and not giving them enough room. The original plan was to have the cycle lane completely off the road but local residents did not want to loose the trees that would entail. All new road layouts have a three month study period in which to review the knock-on effects and so that period is now coming to an end The traffic section have decided to put an official two lane junction at the roundabout and to put the cycle lane onto the verge for the section of the road coming up to the Spawell complex and onto the roundabout. This compromise should save trees, give enough room for cars to reduce congestion and keep cyclists safe.
It is interesting that at least one sitting councillor is claiming that she has fixed the problem – without admitting that they allowed the problem to happen in the first place. The traffic section of the council say that it was always under review.