People travelling between Plympton and Plymouth city can now do so on a much-improved cycle and walking route, well away from busy A-roads.
The improvement works include a brand new bridge that increases accessibility for adapted bikes, push chairs and mobility aids
With more than £380,000 of funding from Highways England, Sustrans has revamped the traffic-free route into the city.
We've resurfaced the path, changing it from a dust surface to smooth tarmac. And we've improved the drainage to prevent flooding at hotspots along the route.
The path's surface is much-improved and drainage upgrades should prevent flooding in wet weather
A new bridge improves accessibility
A new three meter wide bridge has also been installed across Long Brook.
The increased width means there is now more space to pass in both directions. And it allows for easier access for adapted bikes and mobility aids.
A more enjoyable commute
James Cleeton, Sustrans Director, England South said:
“We’re really pleased to have completed these works, which we hope will make a real difference to the lives of people in Plympton.
“As well as the path improvements, we’re adding 24 native tree species along the path and in the surrounding area. And we’re installing bird and bat boxes too.
"This will encourage a wider range of biodiversity, making people’s commutes a more enjoyable experience.
“At a time when public transport can’t run at full capacity, the improved route will give people an easy option to travel between Plympton and the city without the need to jump in their cars.”
Removing barriers has made it much easier for people to access the path
Working in partnership to make a difference
Steven Wright, Highways England Users & Communities Designated Funds Programme Manager, said:
“We’re delighted to have worked with Sustrans on this new and improved cycle and footpath, which will make it much easier and safer for cyclists and pedestrians to travel to and from the centre of Plymouth.
“This is a fantastic example of how our funding goes further when we work with partners to make life better for communities living and working near our roads.”
Safer and cleaner cycling
Councillor Mark Coker, Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Infrastructure, said:
“This is a well-used walking and cycling route which tended to get a bit muddy during the winter.
"This work will mean our cyclists will enjoy a safer and cleaner ride whatever the season.
"More than ever we need to be thinking about walking or riding a bike to keep us healthy and help with the recovery of our city.
“Small improvement schemes like these really help encourage people to consider active transport first, so thank you Sustrans!”
This project is one of nine cycling and walking schemes Highways England has delivered in partnership with Sustrans since 2018.
The schemes are funded through Highways England’s Designated Funds programme, designed to deliver benefits beyond building, maintaining and operating motorways and major A roads.