Study shows there is a demand for cycle path
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