Work starts on Barbican to Laira Rail Bridge scheme


Work to improve walking and cycling links between the Barbican and Laira Rail Bridge will get under way on Monday 8 January.

The route, which forms part of the South West Coast Path and National Cycle Network route 27, will benefit from improved road crossings, new and improved footways and off-road cycle paths, on-road cycle lanes, cycle parking, better signage and new lighting.

Benches will be provided on Breakwater Hill so that people can stop to enjoy the spectacular views and vegetation will be cut back.

Construction will start around Clovelly Road and Teats Hill Road, with temporary traffic lights in operation until mid-February.

Improvements to the off-road walking and cycling route on Finnigan Road will follow, lasting for around six weeks (during which time sections of the footway and cycleway will be closed).

The southern end of Faraday Road will need to be closed for one night – yellow signs will be put out in advance to let people know when this is due to take place. Work is expected to finish by April.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning, said: “These proposals were very well received during consultation and l look forward to seeing the improvements delivered in plenty of time for the summer. They will make it easier and safer for people to walk and cycle between our beautiful waterfront and the east of the city.”

Repairs to the Sutton Harbour footbridge are currently being scoped out but it is hoped these works will be completed in the summer.

The Barbican to Laira Rail Bridge improvements will be fully funded through the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Transport Board and Section 106 developer contributions.

Further enhancements are planned between Cattedown Road and Finnigan Road, with consultation expected to take place in Summer 2018.