Laira Rail Bridge to Saltram Meadow link complete

Laira Rail Bridge to Saltram Meadow walking and cycling linkThe latest section of a walking and cycling route connecting Laira and Plymstock is now complete.

A new four-metre-wide path from Laira Rail Bridge gives walkers and cyclists an off-road, level and direct route into the Saltram Meadow housing development.

The final link connecting the path with Saltram Meadow will soon be built by Persimmon but to ensure the route can be enjoyed as soon as possible, we have provided a temporary link.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Planning and Housing, said: “It’s always been our plan to continue the popular Laira Rail Bridge link to provide an even better off-road route for pedestrians, cyclists, and people with disabilities. We look forward to seeing the permanent link from the site of the old station into Saltram Meadow, which will be built soon as part of Persimmon’s development.

“We have been greatly helped by Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity, who purchased this section of the former railway from British Rail and have safeguarded the route for many years. This latest link has been fully funded through the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Transport Board and developer contributions.”

Future plans include extending the route further along the railway alignment to create a direct link into Broxton Drive, which will also connect into the pedestrian and cycle bridge crossing over Billacombe Road that is earmarked for construction in early 2018.

Cycling has gone up by 50 per cent in Plymouth over the last six years, thanks to a growing network of routes across the city and services like free cycle training, which can be personally tailored to you and your journeys. For more information see our cycling web page.