A new signed cycle route has been created linking Xcel Leisure Centre in Walton and Hersham railway station.
Details of the route can be viewed here [pdf].
Strategically this route is excellent. At the Xcel end it also connects to National Cycle Route 4 which helps to build a network of usable routes.
I’ve not cycled the route since it has been signed but there are two parts of it which I’m a little surprised about. Firstly, at the Xcel end the route follows Waterside Drive and then about half a mile of the busy Terrace Road (A3050). To me it would have been much more logical to take the route along the path by the river and then up Sunbury Lane. This is much more pleasant and avoids travel along Terrace Road.
I can only think this route was chosen because it passes the Primary School on Terrace Road. While this is laudible, I’m not sure it’s logical.
At the Hersham end the route follows Walton Park. Parallel to this is Walton Park Lane which connects to a footway. This is a much quieter car-free route that is equally direct. It’s my usual choice when I travel this way.
I suspect this is one of those decisions that was influenced by local NIMBY residents who didn’t want bikes whizzing along their quiet little footpath.