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Despite the horrendous (especially for cyclists and pedestrians) roundabout junction (A694/B6317) near here, the opportunity to exploit the cycle path passing under Hexham Road has not been taken. Steps (and possibly non-stepped paths) could be put in place on both sides of Hexham Road. It is even possible that the existing wide arch could accommodate a lane traffic for south-west bound traffic on the A694 (i.e. an underpass), as well as the existing cycle and pedestrian route. That would make remodelling of the roundabout junction easier, such that pedestrian crossings could more easily be accommodated. This is one of those situations where an expanded highway facility for motor vehicles would improve the provision to cyclists, pedestrian and horse riders. Some have even suggested two-way traffic under the arch, with the cycle path moved a few metres nearer the River Derwent (using the next under-bridge along) but that would create junction design challenges at two nearby points on the A694, whereas the south-west-bound only underpass would only need simpler merge and de-merge designs.

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