Changes made to cycle route diversion

We’re making some changes to a diversion route for cyclists and pedestrians as work continues on the River Lune flood defence scheme.

Diversion route along Caton Road for cyclists and pedestrians

Diversion route along Caton Road for cyclists and pedestrians

Work started on the scheme back in February and has continued throughout the coronavirus pandemic, with appropriate measures in place to protect the workforce. More than 550 wall units have been installed so far, around 40% of the total number. 

Construction work has now reached the section behind the Holiday Inn, meaning that this section of the riverside path will also now need to close for around six months.

Pedestrians and cyclists will instead be diverted along Caton Road, using a new off-road route and improved on-road cycle lane provision. Improvements have included a new Toucan crossing, creation of a new section of cycle path, and road markings to give cyclists right of way at most side roads and junctions. The Way of the Roses alternative route has not changed. 

It’s intended that the new facilities will remain after the flood defence works have been completed, adding to the many miles of dedicated cycle lanes in the district.

With this being Bike Week, there’s no better time to jump on your bike if you’re now back at work and want to avoid using public transport, or just fancy taking in our beautiful district while getting some exercise.

Lancashire County Council has also recently completed pop-up cycle lanes on South Road in Lancaster to help encourage people to cycle in busy areas.

For more information on the flood defence scheme visit

Last updated: 09 June 2020