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Cycling, horse riding and walking trails get go ahead

Cycling, horse riding and walking trails get go ahead

Published by Emma Carton at 7:23am 22nd January 2020. (Updated at 7:25am 22nd January 2020)

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Richard Whitehouse

A new network of four trails across Cornwall for cyclists, horse riders and walkers have been backed by councillors.

The £19 million Saints Multi-Use Trails will link Newquay, Perranporth, St Agnes and Truro.

Funding for the project includes £17m from Highways England and £2m provided by Cornwall Council.

Under the plans there will be four trails – one from Perranporth to Newquay, another from St Newlyn East to Carland Cross, one from Idless to Trispen and the last from St Agnes to Truro.

It is hoped that the routes could become as popular as the Camel Trail which is used by thousands of people every year.

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A new network of cycling, horse riding and walking trails across Cornwall have been given the green light by councillors

 

However the council is hoping that as well as being used for leisure the trails could also enable people to get to work and be an alternative to using the car.

At a meeting of full council this morning councillors backed the project with many saying how pleased they were to see it come forward.

Cabinet member for transport Geoff Brown said negotiations were still ongoing with landowners to secure some of the land.

However he said the council had not yet had to use compulsory purchase orders and praised council staff and landowners for working together on the project.

Truro councillor Loic Rich said he felt that the Perranporth trail would be a big hit with visitors and tourists.

But he asked that the routes into Truro be linked with existing and proposed cycle paths in the city so people could use them to get to work.

St Columb Major councillor Paul Wills said: "These are not just for cycling, it will be for horses and walkers as well. It can only be a wonderful thing.

"Once this scheme has been completed could we extend it further? Newquay to Padstow for example, or Padstow to Bude.

"The more we can encourage people to get out and enjoy our countryside on dedicated routes will be good for our people, our economy and our environment".

Councillor Paul Wills

There were concerns raised by St Germans and Landulph councillor Jesse Foot that trees could be lost to make way for the trails and he urged that this is restricted.

Cllr Brown responded saying that any removal of trees would be kept at a minimum and, where necessary, there would be plans to replace them.

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Cornwall Council hopes the network that will link Newquay, Perranporth, St Agnes and Truro will be as popular as the Camel Trail

 

What do we know about the trails?

The four Saints Multi-Use Trails are as follows:

Perranporth to Newquay - This scheme will reopen much of the disused railway line to create a new trail predominately for leisure users that will rival the Camel Trail. The route starts in Perranporth and runs for approximately 14Km through Goonhavern to Newquay. The route will include a number of new bridges to replace those removed when the rail line closed and make use of the former rail viaduct at Cocks. A section of the route will run alongside Lappa Valley steam railway with potential links to Trerice and campsites along the route. The core scheme links with approved development areas on the edge of Newquay with planned onward connections into the town to be delivered through future programmes.

St Newlyn East to Carland Cross - This 4km route will connect the existing National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 32 at St Newlyn East with the proposed Perranporth to Newqay route via quiet lanes, then onwards to Carland Cross via an off road trail through Newlyn Downs, utilising the existing tracks servicing the windfarm where possible.

Trispen to Idless - This 4km route will link the A39 at Trispen to Lanner Mill via quiet lanes, and then by off-road trail through Bishop’s and Lady’s Wood to Idless and the NCN (National Cycle Network) route 32. A section of the route runs through Forestry England ownership designated as Crown land. Therefore, rather than acquisition by council, this section would be a permissive route similar to other trails in Cornwall and around the UK and its specification, implementation and ongoing maintenance responsibility is subject to ongoing discussion with Forestry England.

Truro to St Agnes - This will provide an off-road multi-user trail from St Agnes alongside the B3277 to Chiverton Cross where the route will continue alongside the A390 linking with the proposed Langarth development area and onwards into Truro. This new 8km route will serve the new development planned at Langarth and provide a highquality route for commuter cyclists from St Agnes to the hospital and existing employment areas in west Truro. This route will include a new non-motorised user (NMU) bridge crossing the A30 at Chiverton. Due to the interaction with the main dual carriageway scheme the bridge would be implemented as a later phase, currently anticipated in 2022/23, but both the council and Highways England remain committed to its delivery. A route via existing byways and the road bridge at Kea Downs Road is proposed to provide a crossing of the A30 during the interim period.

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