Study shows there is a de­mand for cy­cle path

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Kenny Smith

river an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly ac­cess to the new Cuningar For­est Park open­ing next year. We are grate­ful to Trans­port Scot­land for fund­ing the study.

“To­gether with Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, Healthy ‘ n’ Happy look for­ward to work­ing with our part­ners South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, Sus­trans, Clyde Gate­way, the Forestry Com­mis­sion and Cen­tral Scot­land Green Net­work Trust, we look for­ward to the next stage in bring­ing this pro­ject to fruition.”

The or­gan­i­sa­tions have been de­lighted with the re­port, which they feel demon­strates the vi­a­bil­ity and com­mu­nity value of the pro­posed path, with the sup­port of many of the landown­ers.

In the main re­port, Iron­side Far­rar pro­vide de­tailed de­sign pro­pos­als based on guid­ance in Cy­cling by De­sign (2010). This com­prises a three me­tre bound sur­faced path re­duc­ing to two me­tres where space is re­stricted.

The path in­cludes lengths of re­ten­tion, fenc­ing/ bar­ri­ers and sig­nif­i­cant wood­land man­age­ment/re­plant­ing to ac­com­mo­date the path cor­ri­dor. This de­sign stan­dard was cho­sen to help max­imise the com­mut­ing po­ten­tial of the routes.

The to­tal cap­i­tal cost of the pro­pos­als is es­ti­mated as £1,829,000 ex­clud­ing VAT and pro­fes­sional/le­gal fees.

The re­port notes these costs are based on the pro­pos­als de­tailed in the main re­port with al­lowances for ab­nor­mal costs, such as con­tam­i­na­tion and in­va­sive weeds. Fur­ther study or a value en­gi­neer­ing ex­er­cise may be re­quired depend­ing on the avail­able bud­get.

It recog­nises that this is a sig­nif­i­cant cost and due to fund­ing, landowner and site con­straints, it may not be pos­si­ble to im­ple­ment all the works in a sin­gle phase.

And the re­port rec­om­mends that early ef­forts are made to re-es­tab­lish ac­ces­si­bil­ity of the Right of Way to en­sure that the link is main­tained. This could be lim­ited to tree/de­bris clear­ance in the first in­stance.

It is noted that these costs are based on the orig­i­nal brief route fol­low­ing the Right of Way. Other op­tions were also ex­plored in­clud­ing al­ter­ing the ex­ist­ing path through Tata Steel’s prop­erty and also un-road sec­tions around Farme Cross In­dus­trial Es­tate. Both these op­tions would be sig­nif­i­cantly cheaper and would by­pass some of the more chal­leng­ing sec­tions of the route.

The re­port also looks at the on­go­ing costs if the path were to be cre­ated.

The re­port says: “Main­te­nance of the route is an im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion and ap­pro­pri­ate pro­vi­sion for longterm man­age­ment and main­te­nance of the foot­path cor­ri­dor should be con­sid­ered.

“The path is pre­dom­i­nantly in pri­vate own­er­ship and there­fore any main­te­nance bur­den would lie with the owner.

“It is con­sid­ered that this own­er­ship / main­te­nance ar­range­ment is the main rea­son the Right of Way has fallen out of use with fallen trees, en­croach­ment and fly-tip­ping / lit­ter­ing.

“Op­tions for main­te­nance could in­clude: for­mal adop­tion by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil; main­te­nance agree­ment by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil; main­te­nance ar­range­ment by Sus­trans vol­un­teers; main­te­nance by pri­vate con­trac­tors.”

These an­nual costs would come to around £35,500.

The re­port noted: “These costs as­sume a high level of main­te­nance by a pri­vate con­trac­tor. It is likely other main­te­nance ar­range­ments could be car­ried out at a lower cost. It is noted how­ever that the prox­im­ity of the path to the river flood plain means reg­u­lar main­te­nance will be nec­es­sary to en­sure a clear route at all times.

“The typ­i­cal life­span of the cap­i­tal works would be around 25 years fol­low­ing which resur­fac­ing and other ma­jor works may be an­tic­i­pated.”

Fur­ther de­tails on the pro­ject are avail­able at www. cam­bus­lang­com­mu­nity coun­cil.com.

Plans Ac­cess to the new cy­cle route, run­ning to Farme Cross, would be­gin at the side of Mor­ri­son’s in Cam­bus­lang Path­way The pro­posed cy­cle route would use some ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture

Shap­ing up The ba­sic form of a path­way ex­ists along the pro­posed path

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