New cycle and pedestrian link to Truro city centre
7:00am Wednesday 5th September 2012 in News
Work has begun this week on a new cycle and pedestrian link connecting west Truro with the city centre.
The new route, which will connect St George’s Road with Coosebean Lane and Treliske Lane, will join with the existing off-road paths between Treliske, Gloweth and Threemilestone, giving cyclists a safe alternative to the busy A390 and pedestrians a scenic walk through the countryside behind Malabar.
The path will also link with Malabar Road, giving nearby residents off-road access to the city centre.
Cormac Solutions Ltd will be carrying out the works, which are expected to take around five months to complete.
Cornwall Council has secured an investment of £375, 000 from the European Regional Development Fund Convergence Programme, supported by Cornwall
Development Company, towards the costs of the £900,000 project. The rest of the funding has come from the Council’s Local Transport Plan.
Councillor Graeme Hicks, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for transportation and highways said: “Providing a safe off-road link for people travelling between the city centre and to the west of Truro has been a scheme we have wanted to bring to fruition for the last three years. It will help encourage people to look at healthier ways of travelling to and from the city centre.
“Now, with the funding in place, we are able to start work and I am delighted that this route will shortly become a reality.”
The surface was choosen to be practical throughout the year for bicycles and mobility scooters, as well as pedestrians.
The new link will provide a walking and cycling route away from the A390, hopefully encouraging a cut in car traffic.
Lighting on the path, which will be built using recycled materials, has been designed to provide security to users while avoiding light pollution.