Hartlepool people urged to get on their bikes

Sustainable travel officer Tony Davison on NCN14 near Seaton Carew.
Sustainable travel officer Tony Davison on NCN14 near Seaton Carew.
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New signs promoting the National Cycle Network (NCN) aim to encourage more Hartlepool people to get on their bikes.

A borough-wide review of signage along NCN 14 – the main NCN route through the town – has been carried out in recent weeks.

As a result, 27 lost and missing signs with specific wording are to be replaced and a further 14 new signs, featuring the route number and NCN logo, are to be installed at key points.

The review was carried out by Hartlepool Borough Council sustainable travel officer Tony Davison as part of the Hartlepool Active Travel Hub scheme, which aims to promote alternatives to the car.

Led by the council, the scheme is being funded through the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

This followed contact from a member of the public after the council asked people to tell it what measures would persuade them to cycle, walk or use public transport.

Mr Davison said: “Hartlepool has two NCN routes. The main one is NCN14, which runs from the Hart to Haswell Walkway in the north via the town centre and Seaton Carew to Greatham in the south.

Part of NCN1 also runs through the west of the borough. NCN 14 eventually connects with NCN1 to the north of the town at Wingate and to the south at Stockton.

“We want to ensure that people are aware of NCN routes in the town.”