CY­CLE PATH

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Plans to cre­ate a new Cly­de­side cy­cle path be­tween Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang will cost in the re­gion of £1.8mil­lion.

The pro­posal for a new walk­way and path is be­ing de­vel­oped as part of the Cam­Glen Bike Town Ini­tia­tive by a part­ner­ship in­volv­ing Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil and the Healthy ‘n’ Happy Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Trust and is sup­ported by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, Sus­trans, the Forestry Com­mis­sion and Clyde Gate­way.

The path would run from Cam­bus­lang Bridge to Dal­marnock Bridge along the south bank of the river, link­ing up with the new Cuningar For­est Park.

A de­tailed in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the pro­posal got un­der­way ear­lier this year when a grant of £25,000 was made for a study to as­sess its fea­si­bil­ity, and was car­ried out by Iron­side Far­rar.

The award was made by Trans­port Scot­land via the Cen­tral Scot­land Green Net­work Trust and was used to com­mis­sion con­sul­tants to carry out a de­tailed sur­vey of the route of the path, the con­struc­tion re­quire­ments and its po­ten­tial us­age.

John Bachtler, trea­surer of Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, said: “This is a mile­stone in the Clyde Walk­way and Cy­cle Path pro­ject. The fea­si­bil­ity study demon­strates that the idea of a new path along the south bank of the river is vi­able and would be a ma­jor new re­source for the com­mu­ni­ties along the river, open­ing up new ar­eas of wood­land and ac­cess to the river.

“The study has found that there is sig­nif­i­cant po­ten­tial de­mand for the new route and that it would at­tract leisure walk­ers/cy­clists and com­muters. How­ever, the hard work starts now: we will need to raise sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing and work with the landown­ers to plan the op­ti­mal route.”

Jane Churchill, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor at the Healthy ‘n ‘Happy Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Trust, added: “We are de­lighted with the pos­i­tive mes­sages from the fea­si­bil­ity study. The new route is a ma­jor pro­ject for Cam­Glen Bike Town and a key com­po­nent in our plans to im­prove in­fra­struc­ture in the area.

“Run­ning from Cam­bus­lang Bridge to Dal­marnock Bridge, the walk­way and cy­cle path will pro­vide an off-road link from Cam­bus­lang Bridge to Dal­marnock Bridge, giv­ing the com­mu­ni­ties along the

Good news John Bachtler from Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil

Cly­de­side

The pro­posed new cy­cle route runs along the south side of the River Clyde

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