Highways England has announced £17m of investment in walking and cycling projects alongside the A30 in Cornwall. This will be supplemented by a further £2m from Cornwall Council with the schemes due to be delivered by spring 2021.
BikeBiz reports that the funding will help create an off-road cycling and walking network linking Truro with St Agnes, Perranporth and Newquay.
There will be 30km of routes. Projects include:
Cornwall Council will lead the projects with work due to start later this year.
Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio holder for Transport said: “This major funding from Highways England provides us with a wonderful opportunity to provide some great opportunities for cycling.
“The routes will complement other cycle routes and trails across Cornwall. The cycle network will reach out to towns and villages and link with where residents live and work, connecting our communities and joining up access to the services that people want and need.
“Cycling also helps address congestion and air quality issues and plays a key role in promoting a healthy life for our residents, and we look forward to working with our partners at Highways England and with the local communities, on delivering these exciting schemes.”
The projects are being undertaken thanks to Highways England’s ring-fenced cycling designated fund. The company’s target is to deliver 150 cycling schemes by the end of the Road Investment Period (2015-2020).