Five schemes to help cyclists cross motorway slip roads are among those being worked up by the Highways Agency following a government funding boost.
Prime minister David Cameron last month pledged £20M for work to make major roads safer for cyclists over the next three years.
The Highways Agency is developing schemes at 14 locations on the trunk road network - including at junctions with the M1, M57, M60 and two stretches of the M62.
“These are improvements on the roundabouts at the end of the slip roads. They will enable cyclists to cross from one side of a motorway to the other, using the junction,” said a Highways Agency spokesman.
The Agency is currently developing designs for the 14 schemes, considering different options at each location with the aim of ensuring maximum value for money.
Four of the schemes are in the North West; one is in the North East; and the remaining nine are in The Midlands.
One will be at Junction 24 of the M1 near Kegworth in Leicestershire.
This junction also serves the A50, the A6 and the A453 and has been the site of four cycling accidents in the last five years.
The Highways Agency is understood to be keen to use regional maintenance contractors - those on Managing Agent Contractor or Asset Support Contracts – where suitable.
Civil Engineering Contractors Association director of external affairs Alasdair Reisner said contractors would help with ideas for cycle schemes where they had experience from elsewhere.
He said highways clients were increasingly thinking about cyclists. “Intelligent contractors will be building that into their understanding of what they need to deliver future projects,” he said.
“Safety is top of the industry’s agenda in terms of its own operatives and so it should be when thinking about the end users – be they drivers, cyclists or other road users.”
The money for the Highways Agency projects is part of a £148M package for cycle safety work in England unveiled by the government last month.
The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) said the investment was a positive attempt to increase cycling in urban areas.
A spokesman said the body backed schemes that prioritised cyclists and improved pedestrian and public transport facilities.
“The CIHT would also welcome a co-ordination on design standards regarding what comprises good practice,” he said.
But cycle safety campaigner Kate Cairns, whose sister died in a cycling accident, said that taking away council spending, central government’s contribution of £94M amounted to little over £1 per person per year.
“This is way behind countries like The Netherlands,” she said. “We badly need new cycling infrastructure; that is adequate facilities to allow cyclists a safe, convenient and efficient passage to their destination.”
M62 Junction 19, Middleton
M62 Junction 21, Milnrow
M60 J1/J27, Stockport
M1 J24, Kegworth
A63, between Marfleet and Clive Sullivan Way
A38, Ashbourne Road to Kedleston Road
A52, between Woodside Rd and Ilkeston Rd
A52, between Clifton Lane and Brian Clough Way
A46/A435, nr Alcester
A428, near Cambridge