Horse-friendly ‘Pegasus’ crossing on roundabout gets cross-party support
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A recommendation for a “Pegasus” crossing friendly for horse-riders, pedestrians and cyclists on the Lancaster Way roundabout in Ely has received cross-party support at the county council.
A public consultation indicated opposition to the proposed plans to increase capacity on the roundabout, with Cambridgeshire County Council saying a lack of provision for non-motorised travel was raised as a prominent issue.
Highways officers had recommended councillors to approve a regular signalised pedestrian crossing of the A142 eastern arm as part of the wider redesign in order to address the issue.
Instead, a Liberal Democrat amendment suggested further work in consultation with the Ely Cycling Campaign and the British Horse Society to alter the design and location of the crossing.
The amendment was decided on during the meeting after adjustments were made by both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats to reach agreement.
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East Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrat Lorna Dupre told the committee: “The design for the Lancaster Way roundabout as published for consultation was clearly the wrong one, as evidenced by the fact that of those who expressed a view in the recent consultation, it was opposed by a two-to-one majority.”
She said there were “at least 10 reasons why the junction design put out to consultation was the wrong choice” and said that “the concept of ‘improvement’ of this roundabout has only ever been viewed through the prism of increasing capacity and speed for motor traffic”.
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“A better solution, supported by both cyclists and equestrians, would be to place a crossing on the western arm of the roundabout, with a path on the north side of the roundabout to connect it with the existing path,” she said. “This is a route already taken informally by a number of existing pedestrians and cyclists. This should be a Pegasus crossing, capable of accommodating cyclists and horse-riders as well as pedestrians, with push buttons high enough to be capable of being pressed by someone on horseback.”
She added that such a crossing has recently been installed at the Babraham Institute roundabout.
A British Horse Society spokesperson said: “The British Horse Society is very pleased that the decision made today (November 10) at the Cambridgeshire County Council highways and transport committee, puts a Pegasus crossing firmly on the agenda for the area, where there is a large and active equestrian community.
“The amendment to this decision makes it clear that the British Horse Society will be consulted with on both the design and the location of the crossing. The British Horse Society appreciates the support of the councillors who approved the decision unanimously.
“The British Horse Society has ambitions to improve the rights of way network in this area, which have been severed by previous transport projects. A safe crossing at the Lancaster Way roundabout will help to pursue these improvements.”
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority will ultimately make the decision on whether or not to proceed with the altered plan, but the support of the Cambridgeshire County Council highways committee on Tuesday (November 10) makes such an approval much more likely.