Lydiate – Dropped kerbs help folk get around

Dropped kerbs are really important because they allow people with disabilities, the elderly, folks pushing prams etc. to travel around a community without facing the trip points and obstacles which pavement kerbs can present.

Over the past 25 years or more Sefton Council has (like other councils) been installing dropped kerbs particularly at junctions to make things easier for pedestrians but I’ve recently been made aware of a location where dropped kerbs could do with being installed – see photo below:-.

This site is on the eastern side of Northway/The A59 roughly half way between the Kenyons Lane junction and Robins Island and as you can see the kerbs are quite high where this farm access point comes off the A59.

I’ve raised the matter with Sefton Council Highways asking them to consider installing dropped kerbs at this location. I’ve also queried whether the path can be officially designated as ‘shared space’ (for pedestrians & Cyclists) as there’s no separate cycle path/safe cycling route along this section of Northway.

Readers of this blog site will recall I’ve been calling for a safe cycling route to be created north to south alongside the A59 (through Maghull/Lydiate) for a long time now. Yes, I realise money is tight and achieving that aim will take a while but there seems to be an opportunity here to get the process going.

One thought on “Lydiate – Dropped kerbs help folk get around

  1. Bob Jungels says:

    This stretch of A59 has absolutely loads of width to play with.
    The road simply needs remodelling.
    The central reservation is over 6m wide (!) and the grass verges between carriageway and footway are over 2m wide.
    The northbound carriageway is also excessively wide (over 8.5m) compared to the southbound carriageway (6.5m wide).
    This would be the easiest job in the world for the most basic of Highways Design Engineers.

    To be fair, whoever designed the road in the first place should be held accountable for design disasters like this. The legacy of such designs is long-lasting and is what helped to create our car dependency in the first place. I assume it was built around the 1950s? 1960s?

    I’d love to know the reason why they decided to start the cycle track north of Robin’s Island but left it out along this stretch. Oh to be a fly on the wall.

    Either way, we have lots of examples like this around the country, and another such example is the A565 between Southport and Tarleton. This is another one where the cycle track comes to an abrupt end before its natural end in Tarleton.

    Anyway, you’d have thought modern road builders would have learnt from these kind of mistakes, but then you look at Brooms Cross Road and the new Penwortham bypass, and they’re both essentially motorways with a 50mph limit.
    Yeah, they’ve really learnt from their mistakes here!

    Interesting to note: 5,340 cycle trips have been made along this stretch so far this year (but only by those who record their activity on Strava), so the true figure will be a lot higher.

    This is opposed to 11,245 trips further up the road, on the “West Lancs” side of Robins Island. What does that tell you about the provision of safe, segregated cycling infrastructure?

    Build it and they will come? The stats don’t lie!

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