Funding boost for walking and cycling improvements on eastern corridor

Plymouth City Council has secured £3.42 million to improve walking and cycling links along the city’s eastern corridor.

The funding, which will be supplemented by £1.49 million of Section 106 funding from the new Sherford and Saltram Meadow developments, has been awarded by the Heart of the South West Local Economic Partnership’s Local Transport Board.

It will enable the Council to extend the off-road route along the former railway on to Saltram Meadow and provide a major package of walking and cycling improvements that will also include:

  • an improved and more direct cycling and walking link from North Cross to the Hoe through Armada Way, which will better link the railway station with the city centre and waterfront. (Designs will be developed after careful consultation with local businesses and the wider public.)
  • improvements between the Barbican and Laira Rail Bridge (the waterfront section of National Cycle Network route 27 and part of the South West Coast Path), including new cycle lanes, widened footways, segregated off-road paths and better signage
  • widening of a pathway along The Ride for use by cyclists.

Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport and Planning, said: “These improvements will make it easier for people to walk and cycle from the city centre and waterfront out to the east of the city. They will also complement works recently completed between the Plym Valley Trail and Saltram Park, as well as the popular new Laira Rail Bridge link.

“They are another welcome addition to our rapidly growing walking and cycling network, which has helped to increase cycling by 45 per cent over the last five years. With free cycle training available to all schoolchildren and adults in the city, now’s a great time to give cycling a go.”

For more information see our cycling web page. Work will begin later this year, once planning permission has been granted.