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Works starts on first stretch of new multi-use trails for Cornwall

Works starts on first stretch of new multi-use trails for Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 8th February 2020.

Work has started on the first new multi-use trail for Cornwall.

Pirate FM told you how a network of four trails across the Duchy for cyclists, horse riders and walkers have been given the green light.

The £19 million Saints Multi-Use Trails will link Newquay, Perranporth, St Agnes and Truro, and will be similar to the existing Camel and Bissoe trails.
 
The network is aimed at increasing opportunities for cycling to work, for leisure, and to help residents lead healthy active lifestyles. 

Now work is starting on the first 17km part at Goonhavern.

While most of the Newquay to Perranporth trail will be away from main roads, the route at Goonhavern passes through the centre of the village. 

Teams from Cormac are currently working on a 500m section to widen footpaths on Perranwell Road and Bridge Road, as well as installing toucan crossings near the double roundabout and park.  
 
Officials say the short section will not only be of benefit to those using the wider Perranporth to Newquay trail, but it will also benefit residents - in particular local youngsters who currently need to cross the busy Perranwell Road and Bridge Road to get to the park. 
 
The four Saints Trail routes will see around 30km of multi-use trails built across central Cornwall.

The routes are:

  • St Agnes to Truro 
  • Trispen to Idless 
  • St Newlyn East to Carland Cross 
  • Perranporth to Newquay 

"This project is all about connecting our communities, linking with where residents live and work and joining up access to the services that people want and need.  
 
"There are many benefits - to health, the environment and local economy. We've seen how popular the Camel and Bissoe trails are with tourists and we expect the Saints Trails to have a similar draw. And swapping the car for a bike helps address congestion on our roads and improve air quality." 

Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet portfolio holder for transport

Cornwall Council is investing £2m into the trails with the majority of the funding (£17.07m) for the schemes coming from Highways England as part of its programme to provide environmental, social and economic benefits to the people, communities and businesses who live and work alongside the strategic road network. 

"We're pleased to see the works getting under way to create these multi-benefit Saints Trails.

"Our Designated Funds programme was developed so that we can invest in improvement projects like this, which go beyond traditional road building and maintenance, and have a positive impact on people and communities. 

"Funding for this project will provide a significant benefit for people and businesses living alongside and nearby the A30, part of our strategic road network, and we look forward to seeing progress as the trails are developed."

Highways England Senior Project Manager Hannah Sanderson

You can find out more about the Saints Trails here.

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