Plans submitted for next link between Laira Rail Bridge and Plymstock

We’ve submitted plans for the next section of a walking and cycling link connecting Laira Rail Bridge and Plymstock.

The proposals will see the popular route extended further east along the railway alignment into Broxton Drive, at the entrance to the Saltram Meadow estate.

Part of the new path will run via Rock Gardens to avoid disturbing an area of environmentally sensitive habitat and a small section will be built on raised decking to protect the rare ‘Horrid Ground Weaver’ spider, found during extensive ecological surveys.

Rock Gardens itself will also be resurfaced and see lighting installed under separate plans, using section 106 funding earmarked for this from the Saltram Meadow development.

The planning application for the new walking and cycling link can be viewed on our planning pages – the reference is 17/01978/FUL.

If the application is approved it is hoped work will begin later this year, with the new link opening in the spring. It will be fully funded through the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Transport Board and Section 106 contributions.

Future plans will see the route continue further east and connect into a proposed pedestrian and cycle bridge crossing over Billacombe Road, expected to be built in 2018.