Work to create a controversial new cycle route is progressing and is due to be completed later this year.

The route will eventually run from Middlesbrough town centre, along Linthorpe Road and on to Acklam and will link into sections of the Tees Valley cycling and walking network.

The first phase of the scheme will link Borough Road to Ayresome Street through a mix of protected space for cycling on the highway, and improved road crossings for cyclists and pedestrians.

Work started this year and is expected to be completed in September this year.

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The scheme is aimed at improving safety, creating a more pedestrian-friendly route, reducing congestion and improving public health.

It is also hoped it will help the local economy and improve accessibility to retail, leisure and other services.  

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However, it has been met with criticism by some members of the public, with people describing the scheme as a waste of money and an “accident waiting to happen”.

Business owners have also spoken up against the scheme with concerns about loss of parking and fears it will create congestion. 

More than 700 people signed a petition against the scheme last year, when changes were made in response to people's criticisms. 

It has been funded by the Department for Transport and from the Tees Valley Combined Authority’s Transforming Cities Fund.

At a later date phase two delivery will take the route further by extending it from Ayresome Street to Devonshire Road.

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During the phase one works during the summer months, normal on-site working hours will be between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, with some twilight working (7pm-12am) where necessary.

Any road closures will be kept to a minimum, the council. It is anticipated that two way traffic flow, and full access to premises and properties will be maintained at all times.


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