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