A59 Cycle Path – Switch Island to Robins Island

A59 Cycle path becomes narrow pavement at Robins Island.

I’ve mentioned before my desire to see a safe cycle route through Maghull and Lydiate from Switch Island to Robins Island and I took the matter up with Sefton Council Highways. This is what they had to say:-

‘We have actually identified this as an issue and are pursuing a proposal to develop a cycle route between Switch Island and Robbins Island as one of our priorities. We have secured funding for the initial section which will link Switch Island to the service roads to the north of the Dover Road/ Liverpool Rd junction through the local growth fund(LGF), this should be delivered over the next 18 months. We have a separate bid for funding which is currently on a reserve list for schemes to be funded through the LGF which would extend this further from Hall Lane to the Eastway/ Westway junction and once this has been secured will be seeking to extend the route up to Robbins Island, once funding opportunities arise.’

Cycle path under construction between Switch Island and the River Alt along the A59 – April 2018. This section now complete.

Some good news here and the first section, funded by Highways England (see second photo), is now complete but clearly it is likely to be some years before the whole missing section of cycle track alongside the A59/Northway through Maghull and Lydiate is completed. Let’s hope for as quick a construction period as possible in these most uncertain and cash strapped times.

The state of our road surfaces – On your bike

Tony cycling in Aughton, West Lancs

One thing you get to know about as a cyclist is the state of our local road surfaces.

Yes I know we all moan about them but here in Sefton we generally have far better road surfaces (excepting of course the appalling but just fixed surface in Foxhouse Lane of recent times) than neighbouring West Lancashire or indeed Liverpool. Liverpool is of course legendary for its poor road surfaces going back as far as I can remember to the 1960’s.

Yes I’m sure readers of this blog site may well wish to give me a list of Sefton roads that are beyond the pale but seriously West Lancs road users could surely and easily produce a list 10 times longer in my view.

Two lanes in Aughton and one in Downholland to beware of. If you want a good shaking up on your bike try Winifred Lane near to the A59 roundabout, or for a dodge the pot-hole slalom ride try Bold Lane. Greens Lane (which becomes Eagar Lane when it gets into Lydiate) is also a very rough either side of the Leeds Liverpool Canal (Rimmer’s) swing bridge.

The Sefton Coast – Cycling it from Ainsdale to Crosby

Yesterday, together with Roy Connell (who is often credited on this blog site for unearthing interesting subjects) I cycled from Ainsdale to Crosby (and the Iron Men) along the Sefton Coast through Formby, Hightown and Altcar Riffle Range.

Despite having lived in Sefton all my adult life I had not previously done this route either walking of cycling.

The stretch from Formby through Hightown and onto Crosby is very interesting and the cycle/footpaths are in great condition.

Well worth tackling this stretch of the Sefton Coast if you have access to a bike or like a long walk.

The photo above is sadly of me (or is that of a sad me?) and was taken by Roy and dubbed the ‘Yellow Peril’ – I wonder why?

I may well start to blog about cycling trips in the future if readers are unlucky!