Laira Rail Bridge walking and cycling scheme now complete


Councillor Mark Coker (front) with (left  to right): SWH build manager Richard Towl, SWH site agent Jim Wright and Council Senior Project and Contract Manager Nathan Sanders

Councillor Mark Coker (front) with (left to right): SWH build manager Richard Towl, SWH site agent Jim Wright and Council Senior Project and Contract Manager Nathan Sanders

The second phase of the Laira Rail Bridge walking and cycling scheme is now complete.

A bridge has been installed over The Ride to extend the popular new link even further towards Saltram Meadow and Plymstock and a permanent access ramp has been built.

The work, which also included fabrication of the bridge and making the necessary alterations to the highway, was carried out by South West Highways (SWH) and took around four months.

Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport and Planning, said: “It’s been great to see so many walkers and cyclists using the new path over Laira Rail Bridge and this extension now takes them safely over to the other side of The Ride. We’d like to thank everyone for their patience while this final phase of the scheme was completed.”

The Laira Rail Bridge scheme connects existing walking and cycling facilities near The Ride (east of the river) with the Laira Cycleway (west of the river) and forms part of the National Cycle Network Route 27.