County Mall cycle path takes shape

Publish Date: 
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 10:00

Work on upgrading a pathway at the south side of Memorial Gardens, to improve cycle links around the town centre, has started.

The pathway connects County Mall and Memorial Gardens to the toucan crossing on College Road and is currently only wide enough to accommodate pedestrians. The proposed scheme will mean that the pathway will be widened to allow both pedestrians and cyclists continuous, safe access to and from the town centre.

Work has already started with the removal of diseased tree in front of the crossing and six trees being planted in Memorial Gardens as replacements. Further work will include the removal of existing pedestrian railings and increasing soft landscaping as part of the remodel of the pathway.

Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith said: “As part of our efforts to make cycle access to the town centre a more attractive option for residents, we are upgrading this well-used pathway to make clear that it is shared by pedestrians and cyclists and to enable cyclists to cycle right into the town centre to the bike parking. “This link connects to the existing Haslett Avenue East and Southgate Avenue cycle routes making it easier for residents to cycle right into the Town Centre.”

Continuing this, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, Councillor Geraint Thomas, said: “We are always looking for ways to improve the accessibility of our town centre and the attractiveness of walking and cycling. This is a great little project that I think will make a positive difference to residents and visitors using it.”

Centre Manager at County Mall, Mark Haynes said: “We’re excited to see yet more improvements in the town centre, especially when it increases accessibility and improves the Memorial Gardens on the doorstep of County Mall.”

Details of the proposed scheme layout can be found here