Sustrans to distribute £850,000 to connect to the waterfront in Dundee

7 April 2014

A landmark bridge for pedestrians and cyclists is set to be constructed over the main east coast railway line in Dundee, linking the Seabraes area and the Dundee Waterfront.  Dundee City Council successfully led a bid to transport charity Sustrans for £850,000 of ‘Community Links’ funding to help deliver the project.  The link will form an important part of Dundee’s ‘Wider Waterfront Plan’ and will provide the opportunity for cyclists and pedestrians to move easily from north to south across the railway line to the Waterfront.     

The £4.2 million project will also see the current four lane carriageway on Riverside drive reduced to two lanes and vehicle speed limits reduced between the Tesco roundabout and the Tay Rail Bridge. A TOUCAN crossing will be put in place over Riverside Drive and bespoke cycle stands will be installed at Magdalen Green.

To the north of the site, the land slopes steeply up to the University area. This is currently accessed by a distinctive landscaped pedestrian path and steps.  A feasibility study will be included as part of the project to look at retrofitting ‘wheeling ramps’ into the existing stairs in order to create a direct cycle route to the University area.

Tom Bishop, Sustrans’ Community Links Coordinator, said:

“Sustrans Scotland is delighted to announce that we will be directing funding into this project in Dundee. We received a record number of applications to our Community Links Programme and have worked hard to carefully select those of the highest quality to fund.

“We are committed to ensuring that communities are better connected by safe and accessible walking and cycling facilities.  This development connecting Seabraes to the Waterfront will provide both those who live in and visit Dundee with excellent facilities to travel actively.   

“This is a particularly ambitious project and we look forward to working with Dundee City Council in order to ensure its successful delivery.”     


Contact details

For further information about the Community Links Programme and / or the project outlined in this press release please contact: 
Tom Bishop, Community Links Coordinator
[email protected], Tel: 01313 469 784, Mobile: 07825 998 705


Sustrans makes smarter travel choices possible, desirable and inevitable.  We are a leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bicycle or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day.

The Community Links Programme is one of Sustrans Scotland’s grant schemes.  The charity administers the funding on behalf of Transport Scotland.

Funding from the Community Links Programme is used for the creation of cycle network infrastructure for everyday journeys.  The implementation of this programme is essential in order to achieve the vision set out in the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland: by 2020, 10% of everyday journeys in Scotland will be by bike.

Sustrans can provide up to 50% of the funding required by a potential project.  Only local authorities and statutory bodies can apply to Sustrans for funding.  Community groups should liaise with their local authority who can apply on their behalf.  Local authorities and statutory bodies must be able to match fund each grant 50-50.    

The Community Links Programme undertook 63 projects in 2011/12, 99 projects in 2012/13 and over 100 projects in 2013/14.