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The Second Crossing

So after months of city centre disruption, construction works and for many of us what looked like organised chaos, the second city centre Metrolink crossing opened to the public on Sunday 26 February 2017 to minor fanfare. The aim of the crossing we are told is to allow an increasing number of trams to cross the city centre, something which could not take place with the previous infrastructure. 

There will inevitably be mixed views about whether the crossing is necessary but here at Twisted Spokes Towers we also wonder about the impact the crossing will have upon those on 2 wheels. At the point where the tram lines turn into Princess Street it can be seen from the photograph below that tram lines, road and cycle lane all come into direct contact.  Within a few metres pedestrians, cyclists, buses, cars and trams all come into potential conflict. 


We have already seen incidents where the poor design of infrastructure has directly resulted in cyclists suffering significant injuries. It is very easy for a front wheel to become lodged in the tracks or for the cycle lane to be poorly signposted, necessitating a sudden change in direction. But it is also the case that cyclists are now having to become increasingly wary of pedestrians stepping out as well as the trams themselves.

Undoubtedly the designers of the crossing have had to take into account the needs of all road users including cyclists. But is this particular design the solution? Would it be more sensible to separate cycle lanes completely, avoiding any interaction between cycle lanes with roads and tram tracks, the approach taken in many European cities.  

We would be very interested to hear from you if you have used the new cycle lanes and what you think. Does it work? Could it be done better? Have you nearly come a cropper? - Contact us on Twitter

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