Plymouth City Council is consulting on proposals to improve walking and cycling links between the rail station and Central Park.
The proposals, which link in with improvements recently made around the station itself, will address challenges faced by cyclists and pedestrians, including those with visual impairments. They include:
- new sections of off-road cycle route on Sutherland Road and Central Park Avenue
- no vehicle entry from Sutherland Road into Restormel Road, which will reduce traffic on Restormel Road and Glen Park Avenue and make them safer and more attractive for pedestrians and cyclists
- improved crossing points for pedestrians and cyclists, including flush kerbs and tactile paving for the visually impaired
- traffic calming features on Central Park Avenue to reduce vehicle speeds and help pedestrians and cyclists cross the road
- new directional signs for cyclists and pedestrians
Residents in the area will shortly be receiving more detailed information about the works and an event is being held at the rail station on Wednesday 13 August from 11am to 6pm, where the public can view the plans. People can also view the proposals and make comments on our Station to Central Park web page.
The proposals are part of a wider programme of walking and cycling improvements largely funded through a successful bid to the Department for Transport by Plymouth City Council in partnership with Sustrans and several other local authorities, which has brought almost £700,000 into the city.
Improvements around the rail station have also been delivered as part of this programme, which will link in with the east-to-west route being developed from Devonport and Stonehouse through to Plympton and Plymstock (including the opening of Laira Rail Bridge for pedestrians and cyclists in Spring 2015).
The proposals will also link into a recently completed route from Central Park to Honicknowle via Ham Lane and the St Budeaux bypass, made possible through successful funding bids to the Department for Transport, The Big Lottery and Sustrans.
Councillor Philippa Davey, the Council’s Cycling Commissioner, said: “Cycling has gone up by more than 40 per cent in Plymouth in just four years and we want to build on this success. Most commuter trips are less than three miles – less than 20 minutes by bike – and a significant proportion of trips are within walking distance.
“Walking and cycling are easy ways to increase exercise and benefit the environment and we’re committed to improving facilities across the city. We’ll also continue to give people the information, support, confidence and encouragement they need to make more trips on foot and by bike. I look forward to meeting everyone at our public events and talking through the plans.”
Ian Barrett, South West regional director for Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity added “We’re delighted to have been able to work with Plymouth City Council to secure funding from the Department for Transport to develop these proposals. We know that giving more people the option to walk or cycle will help tackle congestion and improve health – so it’s good for business and people’s quality of life.”
For more information about walking and cycling in Plymouth visit our Plymotion web pages.