TRANSPORT plans aimed at improving safety for cyclists and pedestrians in part of York have been welcomed.

The improvements, if they go ahead, will see two zebra crossings and new sections of footpath and cycle lanes installed in and around Clifton Moor Retail Park, on Hurricane Way and Stirling Road. Measures to cut traffic speeds in the area have also been recommended.

The schemes are currently being consulted on and work could start in March if they are approved by City of York Council.

Mark Waudby, the Liberal Democrat spokesman for Skelton, Rawcliffe and Clifton Without and a local parish councillor, said the party had carried out “years of campaigning” for the improvements.

He said: “As a cyclist myself, I have been forced to get off and walk rather than risk the dangerous roads around Clifton Moor, and pedestrians also find it very difficult to cross the roads safely.

“In comparison to Monks Cross Shopping Park, the site is not cycle or pedestrian-friendly and drastic improvement is needed. It is excellent news these changes look set to happen and they will make it easier for existing cyclists and pedestrians, while encouraging others to leave their car at home.”