By Ruth Crosbie
The wheels are in motion on exciting plans for a new cycle path linking Helensburgh, Cardross and Dumbarton which will deliver a further boost to Argyll and Bute’s climate friendly credentials.
Argyll and Bute Council is asking members of the public to give their views on the proposed design for the new cycle and walking path to run between the towns.
As part of the Council’s consultation with the local community, a survey asking for views on the preferred design of the path has been launched online at https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/forms/cyclepath
The new path will link to existing national cycle path network and give access to paths across Loch Lomond, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The path will be three metres wide and intended for use by cyclists, wheelers and walkers. Additional safety features will include pedestrian and cycle crossings over the A814 in Cardross and Ardoch. Funding and land will need to be secured before works start on each section of the path.
The launch of the survey follows on from feedback received from the previous consultation on the route for the path which was carried out in 2019.
The Council is keen to encourage as many responses as possible from the local community as the survey results will assist the design of the path with the final design stage expected to be completed by 2022.
Councillor Robin Currie, right, Leader of the Council: “Completion of the new path will provide a dedicated, high quality, accessible walking and cycle route for our communities in Helensburgh, Cardross and Ardoch .
“This is further evidence of the Council’s longstanding commitment to active travel and to creating a climate friendly environment in Argyll and Bute.
“While further discussions have still to take place in the New Year with potential funding partners and landowners in the local community, it’s great to see the design proposals for the scheme taking shape and progressing in this way.”
Emily Gait, Infrastructure Coordinator with Sustrans Scotland: “We are delighted to support Argyll and Bute Council on this exciting project. The route will be a key commuter and community link with benefits for all.
“Our research has found that people across Scotland are willing to walk and cycle more and to use their cars less, but having the right kind of infrastructure where people feel safe is a big part of making it easier for them to do so.
“It would be great to get a big response to the survey, so I’d encourage anyone who lives, works or travels in the areas to take part.”
The design stage of the project is being funded by a successful application to the highly competitive Transport Scotland’s Places for Everyone programme, administered by Sustrans, and by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport’s Capital Programme.
The consultation closes on 23 January 2022.
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