Plans for new cy­cley route and wood­land walk

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Kenny Smith

A pro­posal to cre­ate a n ew c yc l i n g r o u t e be­tween Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang is be­ing dis­cussed.

Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil and the Healthy ‘n’ Happy Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Trust, through their Cam­Glen Bike Town Ini­tia­tive, have put for­ward the am­bi­tious plan.

The pro­posal is for a new cy­cle route and wood­land walk along the south bank of the River Clyde - with the north side al­ready be­ing served by the Na­tional Cy­cle Route 75 - by up­grad­ing an his­toric right of way.

The move would

link Cam­bus­lang with the Royal Burgh, via the Cuningar For­est Park.

This would re­sult in a new com­muter route pro­vid­ing an of­froad link into Glas­gow, clean­ing up derelict land, re­con­nect­ing com­mu­ni­ties with the river, and along with the NCR 75, cre­at­ing a 10K cy­cling loop which could be used for events.

The route cov­ers four sec­tions - the old Hoover site at the old Cam­bus­lang Bridge to Bogles­hole Road, the Cly­de­bridge loop, the Farme Cas­tle in­dus­trial es­tate, and the Cuningar Loop.

Ne­go­ti­a­tions were pre­vi­ously held with re­gards to t he Cly­de­bridge loop with own­ers Tata Steel, who ere amenable in their dis­cus­sions, but have since en­tered into ne­go­ti­a­tions over a pos­si­ble sale of the site to the Klesch Group.

Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil’s John Bachtler - a keen cy­clist him­self - said: “The de­vel­op­ment of the new route on the south of the Clyde would cre­ate a 10km loop, which would po­ten­tially be used for races and bring peo­ple into the area.

“There is a lot of wood­land there, and the big thing in our favour is that this is an his­toric right of way, so there would be di­rect ac­cess to the park at the Cuningar Loop.

“A lot of the land in the Cly­de­bridge sec­tion was for­mer rail­way sid­ings, and is in good con­di­tion, and wouldn’t need much work.

“Just now, we’ve drawn up a brief for a fea­si­bil­ity study with South La­nark­shire Coun­cil and Healthy ‘n’ Happy, which we’ve sub­mit­ted to the Cen­tral Scot­land Green Net­work Trusts, for £18,000 of fund­ing.

“We’ve also spo­ken with Sus­trans, Clyde Gate­way and the Forestry Com­mis­sion, to let them know of our pro­posal.”

De­tails work has al­ready been car­ried out to as­cer­tain the own­er­ship of the land of the pro­posed route, with the two largest sec­tions be­long­ing to Tata Steel and Clyde Gate­way, who are de­vel­op­ing the Cuningar Loop.

Coun­cil­lor Gra­ham Simp­son, chair of the South La­nark­shire Cy­cling Part­ner­ship, added: “We’ve got the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate some­thing re­ally good, with cy­cling routes along the Clyde, which would con­nect peo­ple in South La­nark­shire with Glas­gow.”

J i m E w i n g , B i k e To w n de­vel­op­ment worker at Healthy ‘n’ Happy said: ““We are de­lighted to be fully in­volved and com­mit­ted to be­ing an ac­tive part­ner in this project which will help us to achieve our vi­sion for Bike Town be­ing a must visit des­ti­na­tion for cy­cling through im­prov­ing the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment and adding fa­cil­i­ties and in­fra­struc­ture for lo­cal cy­clists.”

He added: “Bike Town con­tin­ues to of­fer a range of cy­cling ac­tiv­i­ties for ev­ery­one in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang. If your in­ter­ested, give us a call on 0141 646 0123 or email bike­town@healthyn­happy. org.uk.”

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