Funding boost to improve off-road cycle and footway route
Published 15 February 2012
A Vale of Glamorgan Council scheme to provide a safe
route to schools and work in Barry has been given a funding
The off-road cycle and footway is set to be
completed by the end of March, thanks to more than £400,000 extra
funding from the Welsh Government’s Safe Routes in Communities
The scheme has funded the completion of a route along Port Road,
but the additional money will make a path between Barry
Comprehensive School and the Docks Link Road a reality by the end
It will allow a safe walking and cycling route for residents to
access facilities on Port Road and Colcot Road. School children and
students attending Barry Comprehensive, Bryn Hafren and Ysgol Bro
Morgannwg secondary schools as well as Colcot Primary School will
be among those to benefit from the scheme, which will also link
Barry Hospital and other facilities such as surgeries, shops,
sports pitches and leisure facilities.
The scheme also benefits from funds that have been secured for
the community as the result of the construction of the Vale of
Glamorgan Memorial Park and Crematorium and the Golwg-Y-Coed
housing development at Pencoedtre. As part of granting planning
permission, funds promised by the developer are used to pay for
infrastructure such as roads and leisure facilities nearby.
Councillor Jeffrey James, Cabinet member for planning and
transportation, said: "This is a key priority for the council and
it’s excellent news that further funding has ensured that this
important scheme can be completed well ahead of schedule.
"The combined footpath and cycle path will be of huge benefit to
all sectors of the community and also demonstrates the council’s
commitment to sustainable travel and safe cycling."