A new bridge in Argoed removing the need to cross over a busy road

More people are cycling and walking thanks to a traffic free route between Blackwood and Hollybush
The challenge

People living in and around Argoed were limited in their ability to access the beautiful surrounding countryside on foot and by bike. There was a missing link on the National Cycle Route 467 between Blackwood and Hollybush and people were forced to use a busy rural road that was dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians.

The solution

The new bridge is the ‘missing link’ along this important route and will enhance the cycle and walking network across the valleys.

- Councillor Rob Gough

Sustrans, in partnership with Caerphilly County Borough Council and funded by the Valleys Regional (VRP), built a new bridge which was the centrepiece of a traffic-free walking, horse riding and cycling network. The new route was designed to provide local people with a safe and attractive link between Blackwood and Markham which also connected Argoed and the Sirhowy Valley to Oakdale Industrial Estate.

The difference

With the bridge now in place, local people have been able to make smarter travel choices and travel by foot or bike for more of their journeys. The route is incredibly popular with 44% of people using it every day to get to work, school or the shops, or for leisure. Because the route is safe and traffic free it has given people a great place to exercise more frequently with 18% of cyclists on the route having recently started riding again.

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