Sus­trans to fill in miss­ing links on cy­cle route

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

Work on the miss­ing Sus­trans link at Ledaig should be fin­ished by the end of this year.

Ard­chat­tan com­mu­nity coun­cil­lors meet­ing on Thurs­day heard the work is due to start later this month now that the con­tract has been awarded to McGowan.

A three-me­tre cor­ri­dor will be cre­ated and will pass through the nearby car­a­van site to­wards Ben­der­loch as part of the na­tional cy­cling net­work Route 78.

Par­ents whose chil­dren use the route to get to Lochnell Pri­mary School are to be warned it might have to be tem­po­rar­ily shut while some of the work is car­ried out.

The ten­der is also now com­plete for the route’s Duror to Bal­lachul­ish link and that should be fin­ished by sum­mer 2019.

New Sus­trans em­ployee Pat Dou­glas was at the meet­ing and in­tro­duced her 18-month post’s remit to ‘drive up’ cy­cle tourism along the Route 78 Cale­do­nian Way. She said it was Sus­tran’s ‘flag­ship route’ and her work would in­clude work­ing with busi­nesses and com­mu­ni­ties to make the most of hav­ing the route on their doorstep – and to let cy­clists know what op­por­tu­ni­ties ex­ist in the area.

‘We’re hop­ing to have com­mu­nity-led events along the route, other spin-offs and day rides off the route so peo­ple will stop and dis­cover the area rather than just pass through. There’s huge po­ten­tial for it,’ she said.

A new web­site for Route 78 will be launched in the new year hosted by Vis­itScot­land.

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