A E Yates are creating Warrington’s first Cyclops junction!

A E Yates are creating Warrington’s first Cycle Optimised Protected Signals (Cyclops) junction in partnership with Warrington Borough Council! This new junction is in replacement of the junction at Bewsey Road and Lovely Lane. This new road layout will revolutionise the experience for cyclists, pedestrians, and vehicles.

Did you know?

  • An average of 4420 bicycle accidents result in serious injury or slight injury each year
  • 85 fatalities for pedal cyclists in 2022.
  • Around 430 pedestrians are killed on British roads every year.

The cyclops junction will help to significantly reduce these injury and death numbers.

At A E Yates, we want to create safer and more sustainable ways of transportation, this new junction was designed to encourage the public to walk or cycle which is better for the environment and promotes physical and mental health. We hope that this project will make a positive difference towards the Warrington community.

Warrington Borough Council’s cabinet member for highways, transportation and public realm, Cllr Hans Mundry:

‘’By installing Warrington’s first CYCLOPS scheme, we can make it easier and safer for people to walk and cycle…These proposals support our ongoing work, through our Local Transport Plan, to improve safety on our highway network and encourage people to travel in more sustainable ways.’’

The principal feature of the junction is an orbital cycle route, which separates cyclists from motor traffic, in turn reducing the likelihood of collisions and conflicts. It enables cyclists to make fully protected two-phase right turns and filter left onto and off the orbital route without signal control.

Our contracts manager Mick O’Hanlan:

“It’s great to see the government granting funds for the active travel schemes in Warrington and we are honoured to be delivering their first Cyclops junction, hopefully the first of many.  The safety of cyclists on our roads have always been in question, especially at junctions.  The Cyclops junction seems to have all the right answers by physically segregating all road users. 

Cyclops junctions have a number of benefits over other junction layouts, including:

  • Crossing times for people walking are shorter and closer to the preferred route.
  • Cyclists are separated from motor vehicles and from pedestrians.
  • The signal phase for people walking and cycling can run at the same time.
  • The overall junction performance for all modes of travel is optimised.

Transport Commissioner Chris Boardman:

”The CYCLOPS design is going to fundamentally change the way we do junctions. The experience for people travelling on foot and by bike is so vastly improved. Junctions are traditionally the most intimidating place for people not travelling in a car, but this design turns that on its head, making once-scary local trips now an absolute joy.”