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Work to improve cycle safety along a major route in the city has now been completed by Portsmouth City Council.

The A2047 (Kingston Road, Fratton Road and London Road) was identified as an area with the highest number of cyclist casualties in the city. In 2017 the council introduced a scheme to address the highest risk areas along the route.

Between March and August 2019 the council constructed raised tables and added these to 14 junctions along the route where vehicles join the A2047 from the side road. Raised tables are known to improve safety as they force motorists to slow down when approaching the junction. As part of the scheme, the cycle path has been enhanced and junctions are now more visible to both cyclists and motorists.

Now the work is complete the improvements will provide a safer environment for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers.

Cllr Matthew Winnington, Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Social Care and daily cyclist, said: "Busy road junctions like those on the A2047 are where accidents involving cyclists are most likely to occur. We felt it was important to address this issue by improving these areas to help prevent further casualties.

"We hope the safety measures we have introduced will help people feel safer cycling along this busy road by having clearer demarcated cycling lanes, on roadsides, to help motorists be more aware of cyclists and help them to act accordingly."