Improvements continue for popular cycling and walking route

Laira Rail Bridge and road bridge at night

Laira Rail Bridge

Work is set to begin on the newest section of the Barbican to Laira Rail Bridge walking and cycling route.

The brand new, off-road stretch will link Cattedown Road to Finnigan Road via TR2 and Neptune Park.

Meanwhile, the footway along Cattedown Road will be resurfaced and widened with dropped kerbs at crossings added to provide an off-road cycle path.

Damaged kerbs will be replaced and additional double yellow lining will be painted to keep the road, footway and cycleway clear of parked vehicles. Marked parking areas along the road will be added.

Work is set to begin in early December and will be finished by April.

Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet member for Strategic Planning and Infrastructure, said: “It’s really exciting that work is about to begin on this scheme.

“Improving our walking and cycling routes is critical so that we can give people a genuine choice about how to travel around the city safely and conveniently. This is the only way that Plymouth’s economy can grow sustainably whilst improving the health and quality of life for our citizens by tackling congestion and air quality whilst increasing physical activity.”

Councillor Jeremy Goslin, Plymouth’s Walking and Cycling Champion, added: “This scheme will really help to improve access to some of our most travelled and beautiful routes, bringing walkers and cyclists safely to and from the heart of our city out to Plymstock, Plympton, and beyond. As a part of our continued commitment to make Plymouth more cycling and walking friendly, I can’t wait to see it in use!

“Cycling has increased by 50% in Plymouth in the past six years. Anyone who is thinking about giving it a try should get in touch with the Plymotion team who are keen to help.

“We would also like to thank landowners in Neptune Park TR2, Cattedown Regeneration, Victoria Wharves and others for working with us to deliver this improvement”

These improvements to the South West Coast Path and the National Cycle Network follow on from works carried out on Finnigan Road and Clovelly Road earlier this year, and also link into the extension of the route from Laira Rail Bridge to the Saltram Meadow development along the former railway line.

The works will be entirely funded by the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership thanks to a successful funding bid by the Council

You can find out more about the scheme and walking and cycling in Plymouth here: