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Cyclists' group criticises plans for junctions; IN BRIEF.

PLANS for a radical makeover of two city roundabouts have been criticised by cyclists.

Newcastle City Council is currently canvassing opinion on its plans for the redevelopment of the Haddricks Mill and Blue House roundabouts two junctions notorious for their levels of congestion and accidents.

The council says traffic waiting times will be cut, but Katja Leyendecker, chair of the Newcastle Cycling Campaign, said the plans amounted to a "motorway".

She said: "The council's transport thinking is still dominated by road-building highway engineering, wrecking communities and citizens' health. The plan focuses on motor traffic and attempts to shoehorn in some provision for walking and cycling."

Coun Ged Bell, cabinet member for development, said: "We recognise that managing the transport network is a balancing act and building new junctions on this scale means difficult choices, but having considered many different approaches, we believe this is the best solution."

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 29, 2016
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