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Work on mile-long £6m cycleway starts next month

03 Jul 2021 2 minutes Read
Lowther Road, Cathays, Cardiff. Picture by Jeremy Segrott. (CC BY 2.0)

Alex Seabrook, local democracy reporter

Work on Cardiff’s next cycleway will start next month, running from the Cathays to the Heath hospital.

The work is expected to last until May next year and will see a segregated cycle lane running both ways, just over a mile long but costing about £6 million.

It will run up Cathays Terrace, down part of Whitchurch Road, up Allensbank Road and then along King George V Drive East, ending at University Hospital of Wales.

Support

The plans are the second phase of Cycleway 1. The first phase was finished in 2019, running along St Andrew’s Place and Senghennydd Road.

Cardiff council consulted the public about the plans last summer. Of the 876 responses, 57 per cent supported the plans while 23 per cent did not support them.

This is one of five planned cycleways across the city. Other routes will run to St Mellons, Cardiff Bay, Plasdwr, and Ely and Caerau. A loop around the city centre is also planned, connecting the five cycleways.

Fund

‘Enabling accommodation works’ will begin in August, according to a recently published cabinet report. Then the principal contractor will start on site in September.

Much of the £5,995,000 spent on Cycleway 1.2 will come from the Welsh Government’s active travel fund, with a smaller portion of money also coming from the council’s own budget.

The council’s cabinet is expected to approve the works on July 15. Before that, next Tuesday, July 6, the environmental scrutiny committee will quiz council bosses on the cycleway plans.

Cycleway 1 will eventually run north of Llanishen Reservoir, to one of the planned major housing developments in the northeast of Cardiff.

Cardiff council was asked to comment.

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