Air quality

Coundon Cycleway

Haynestone cycleway


We are building 2.75km of two-way, fully segregated cycleway along the Coundon Road/Barker’s Butts Lane corridor linking the city centre with Coundon Green. This is being delivered as part of a package of measures to improve the air quality in Coventry. This will help to remove traffic from the section of Holyhead Road where Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) levels are at their greatest. This is being funded from a government grant specifically to deal with NO2.  This will also be the first route that will eventually lead to a strategic cycle network across the city.

Our aim is to provide an easy and comfortable cycling experience that new and existing cyclists feel confident using. The route is direct and gives cyclists protection from traffic and prioritised travel through junctions.

What is planned?

The cycleway will be a section of the highway dedicated for the use of people on cycles.  It will be positioned between the path and the road and will be physically separated from both using kerbs and a change in level. It will have priority over side roads that it crosses and it’s own traffic signals at junctions and crossings. The first phase of this work has now started on Westhill Road. 

Cycle route layout

Who is it aimed at?

The cycleway has been designed to help people that do not currently cycle because they fear for their safety. In a recent survey across the West Midlands, the biggest reason given for people not cycling is that they are ‘concerned about safety’ and the second reason is that people state they are ‘not confident cycling’.

In response to the survey, more than three out of four people think cycling safety isn’t good enough – and even more think it isn’t good enough for children. The cycleway has been designed with safety as the main aim by physically separating people on cycles from vehicular traffic. It will also be direct and comfortable to ride on.

Detailed plans

You can download the consultation plans. There are 17 plans along the route. On the first page you will see a sheet to click on depending on which areas of the route you are most interested in. You can also see the amendments made following a consultation which has now been approved.

Frequently asked questions

Why is the Cycleway so wide?

The cycleway is bi-directional which means people on cycles pass each other in opposite directions and so the cycleway needs to be wide enough to allow this to happen safely. A typical upright cycle requires a width of one metre, but tricycles, recumbent cycles and physically adapted cycles require up to 1.2m, plus room to pass each other.  Design standards, therefore, require a width of 3m and a buffer between the cycleway and road of at least 0.5metre.

Why is the road now so narrow?

When working out the width of a road, we need to consider factors such as how much traffic there will be, the type and mix of traffic, the speed limit and what other activity may take place on street such as loading or parking.

Two cars can pass in a width of 4.8 metres and lorries can pass at 5.5 metres. Barker’s Butts Lane will have a width of 6.2m – this measurement doesn’t include the  on-street parking in designated bays. Hollyfast Road is now 6.8metre wide which allows two cars to pass an occasional parked car on the carriageway, but larger vehicles would have to give way. Because Hollyfast Road has a low number of large vehicles and on-carriageway parking, a small amount of ‘give and take’ in this suburban residential location is acceptable as it helps reduce traffic speed.

Wider roads with good visibility lead to motorists travelling faster. Narrower roads can help reduce speeds in residential areas. 

Will Hollyfast Road be resurfaced?

Yes, we plan to do this around the October half term to minimise disruption as we will need to close the road for a few days. When we have a firm date, we will display this on signs on the street.

Barker’s Butts Lane will be resurfaced in August and will require the road to be closed for a few days to do this. The dates will be displayed on signs on the street.

Will trees be trimmed from around street lights?

Yes.  We will trim the tree canopies around street lights and where low canopies overhang the footway or cycleway, this includes street trees and trees in adjacent fields where we have the agreement of the landowner.

When will you plant new trees?

The tree planting season starts in November and this is when we intend to begin our planting along the route. We will be planting a hedgerow along Hollyfast Road between Norman Place Road and Gaveston Road. Trees will be planted in the Cedars Ave roundabout, on the upper part of Barker’s Butts Lane and a long row of trees on Barker’s Butts Lane opposite The Coundon Hotel pub.

How is the work funded?

Coundon Cycleway is funded by a government grant that can only be used to implement the Local Air Quality Action Plan.

Why can’t people just cycle on the roads?

Over half of the people asked tell us that safety is the largest barrier to cycling and a quarter of people say a lack of confidence is also an issue. 

We want to help more people be able to cycle. Cycling has significant health and economic benefits as well as helping to reduce pollutants that cause poor air quality. We know that cycle tracks on roads that are physically separated from traffic and pedestrians enable more people to cycle.

When will the work be finished?

Part of the work requires relocation of some BT telegraph poles and we have not yet been given a date for this to be completed. However, if BT is able to do this work soon, we are aiming to have Westhill Road complete by September, Norman Place Road by November, Barker Butt’s Lane between Cedars Avenue and  Moseley Ave by September. Barker’s Butts Lane / Moseley Avenue junction works will be undertaken in the school summer holiday period to minimise disruption. Works from the Moseley Avenue junction to the railway line will begin in the summer and run into the autumn. The last section, Coundon Road, between the railway line and the blue bridge across the ring road has to be co-ordinated with other highway works around Upper Hill Street, Barras Lane and Holyhead Road and this is therefore now unlikely to begin until next year. As soon as a section is complete we will open it for use.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected] 

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