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Photo listing : obstructions

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This listing only shows photos within Warrington.
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A frame barrier across tarmac path serves no purpose whatsoever as it is easily bypassed by the rough path to the right.

A serious drainage problem exists here. The water when pictured was almost a foot deep.

Chicane barriers on the Transpennine trail NCN62. I suppose the idea is to slow down cyclists approaching the road, but this is entirely unnecessary as they are at the top of a steep ramp. The one positive is that they are a great improv ... [more]

A problem many will be familiar with - overgrowth blocking the light from a streetlight. These things are often forgotten about by councils because they don't really affect motorists, but dark paths at night is a serious safety concern for ... [more]

This bridge could be part of the generally ok cycle routes in this area, but it needs a more gradual slope so the steps can be deleted. This is also a barrier to disabled travel.

No disabled access here, just a locked gate and a very narrow A-Frame.

Amazingly pointless and stupid barriers blocking access to a useful cycle route to Hollins Green. Who is this supposed to benefit?

While not a cycleway (oddly it ends a few metres east of this location), this hedge has been allowed to completely block the footway, which is about three paving slabs wide. Now, not even one paving slab can be walked on. Despite repeated ... [more]

chicane barrier

Kissing Gate

Failed attempt to obstruct the path

Kissing gate on path along Woolston flood defences. The wide circular gap is just big enough to wheel a bike through, but still not a good idea.

Pointless obstructions. Most of the users here are on the cycle route, so why do they have to give way to the odd rare bus using the adjoining road?

Touring family from Germany gets stuck once they reach Warrington Borough Council's barriers :-( They made it to Liverpool with the help of locals however after visiting Ireland they used a van rather than the Trans-Pennine Trail to get ... [more]

#84603 NCN62 TPT The latest Highways England standard OCT 2016 states that these barriers must not be used at all, because they prevent access by various types of cycle, as well as other ... [more]

TPT NCN62 #83863 NCN62 TPT The latest Highways England standard OCT 2016 states that these barriers must not be used at all, because they prevent access by various types of cycle, as well ... [more]

NCN62 TPT see #83862 The latest Highways England standard OCT 2016 states that these barriers must not be used at all, because they prevent access by various types of cycle, as well as ot ... [more]

Barrier - easily avoided

Low white concrete bollards allow cyclists to pass while preventing motor vehicles crossing the bridge. A far superior solution than the kissing gate at the other end of the bridge

Chicane barrier

Warrington Borough Council had money to spare after constructing the Birchwood to Sankey Way cycle route so could afford to splash out on this heavy duty kissing gate to make the route unuseble.

Chicane barriers

Chicane Barrier

Chicane barriers

Chicane barriers

Chicane barriers

Chicane Barrier - this used to be a good route until the council decided to "upgrade" it by adding obstacles.

Chicane Barrier - easily avoided by riding on the mud

Chicane Barrier - better than the kissing gate that used to be here,

Chicane Barrier


Chicane - easily avoidable in dry weather

Chicane - easily avoided in dry weather

Chicane Barrier

Chicane barrier - most avoid it by riding round on the mud

Chicane barrier - easily avoided in dry weather


Bollard and canal bridge

Two A frames. These may be an easier alternative to avoid the even tighter barrier #87385

Tiny gap - difficult for handle bars or pregnant pedestrians UPDATE 2018: The gate has been removed.

Awkward barrier forces cyclists to dismount and walk through a puddle.

Steps on the Sankey Valley Greenway

Steps on the Sankey Valley cycle route

Steps on bridge taking Sankey Way greenway across the canal. A route sign would be a good idea here as it is not obvious that this is meant to be a cycle route.

a collection of avoidable obstructions at the entrance to Sankey Valley Park

Very difficult barrier to pass

Easily avoided chicane barriers

chicane barriers

chicane barrier - reasonably navigable

'A' frame barrier

metal barriers


Metal Barrier

Chicane barriers with excessive overlap.

Wooden barrier partially obstrucing the exit from Sankey Valley Park on Warrington Strategic Cycle Route 1. UPDATE 2020: The wooden barrier has gone - only to be replaced by two metal barriers in a chicane arrangement.

Narrow 'A' frame barrier obstructing the Sankey Valley Park greenway.

Kissing gate

Rather pointltless kissing gate - easily avoided

Metal barriers obstructing access to Warrington Strategic Cycle Route 1 across Sankey Valley Park

Eastern end of Warrington Strategic Route 1 is blocked.

'A' frame barrier

barrier - easy to bypass

A frame barrier

Chicane barriers

Woolston to Birchwwod Station cycleway ends at a flight of steps to cross the railway bridge. Access to the platform is locked. Ed: ramps have been added to the bridges, see: ... [more]

White posts with reflective strips - serve no useful purpose

A dropped kerb would be rather more useful than the metal barriers that the council have installed at this junction.

Unlit non-reflective black posts are a hazard when cycling in the evening

chicane barrier

Chicane barrier

Posts with reflective strips prevent motor vehicle access to Woolston Park while presenting no obstacle for cyclists.

Posts with reflective strips

Kissing gate

Assorted iron work obstructing the track which leads to Woolston via the weir #84847

cycleway ends by dropping off a high kerb

Gate prevents motor access but is easily avoided by cyclists.

Chicane barriers

Chicane barriers with wide enough gap to ride through

Chicane barriers - well spaced

White bollards

chicane barrier - a bit too tight.

barrier is easily avoided

Chicane barriers too closely spaced to ride through comforrably

Chicane barriers at the foot of the steep decent. Slow down cyclists, but are wide enough spaced to ride through. Reflective markings are needed.

'A' frame barrier obstructing Black Bear Park greenway

'A' frame obstructing the Trans Pennine Trail (NCN62)

Barrier obstructing the Trans Pennine Trail (NCN62)

'A' frame obstructing NCN62

'A' frame barier obstructing the Trans Pennine Trail (NCN62)

'A' frame barrier - can be avoided by lifting your bike over the horse step.

'A' frame obstruction

Chicane barriers are much too close together to ride through.

One of many barriers obstructing the Trans Pennine Trail (NCN62) as it passes Lymm.

'A' frame barrier obstructing the national cycle network. The horse barrier to the left is a bit easier.

Kissing gate replaced by an 'A' frame barrier. UPDATE 2018: The kissing gate has now been replace by chicanes.

Barrier obstructing the national cycle network

'A' Frame barrier

'A' frame barrier

Locked gate. The gap to the left is difficult to get through, even with just a standard bike.

Barrier keeps out motor vehicles - but gap is wide enough for cyclists to ride through.

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