Work set to begin on Newport-Cardiff cycle path

First published in Gwent news South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

WORK is set to begin on a cycle and pedestrian link between Cardiff and Newport.

Newport cabinet yesterday approved cash to be spent on design work for a on and off road pedestrian cyclelink.

A report to cabinet said the work would allow further funding to be applied for to cover building the scheme.

The link has been identified as a key commuter route for cyclists between the two cities, and it is hoped it will encourage people to consider cycling as a viable alternative of commuting to and from work.

The project will be fully funded by Welsh Government grant of £30,000, although funding is yet to be confirmed.

The council is also waiting for approval for further funding Market Square Bus Terminus project from the Welsh Government, which was added to the council's programme of works yesterday.

The authority is awaiting £680,000 in cash to complete the scheme.

Newport cabinet increased the budget for a fitness equipment replacement scheme by £106,000, which will allow for a larger training area in the Velodrome.

Paid for by borrowing, it is hoped the scheme will allow the development of revenue streams from new clients.

Meanwhile the cabinet gave its approval to the introduction of road safety improvements on the A468 Caerphilly Road from a £70,000 Welsh Government grant, which also needs to be confirmed.

The project will be fully funded and will include the provision of improved traffic signage and carriageway markings, anti-skid surfacing where the railway crosses the road and an introduction of a 50mph speed limit.

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10:35am Tue 16 Apr 13

daveyates3 says...

This is good news,and it should be fully funded.I hope that the cycle path is designed properly though,with safe access to/from the path.
A badly designed cycle path will not get people using it.

Dave Yates
Newport Friends of the Earth
This is good news,and it should be fully funded.I hope that the cycle path is designed properly though,with safe access to/from the path. A badly designed cycle path will not get people using it. Dave Yates Newport Friends of the Earth daveyates3
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11:22am Tue 16 Apr 13

Nospin_1 says...

Council always says it is short of cash, and is cutting key services.

Cyclist do not pay road tax so perhaps this should be a toll road for them.

Alternatively why can't they use the coastal path? have an annual permit at say £25
Council always says it is short of cash, and is cutting key services. Cyclist do not pay road tax so perhaps this should be a toll road for them. Alternatively why can't they use the coastal path? have an annual permit at say £25 Nospin_1
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11:38am Tue 16 Apr 13

Dee-Gee says...

Excellent news, I've always wanted to cycle to Cardiff. Will it hook up with the existing NCR through the city centre, I wonder?
Excellent news, I've always wanted to cycle to Cardiff. Will it hook up with the existing NCR through the city centre, I wonder? Dee-Gee
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1:20pm Tue 16 Apr 13

Willenholly says...

Nospin_1 wrote:
Council always says it is short of cash, and is cutting key services.

Cyclist do not pay road tax so perhaps this should be a toll road for them.

Alternatively why can't they use the coastal path? have an annual permit at say £25
what's this "road tax" you speak of?
[quote][p][bold]Nospin_1[/bold] wrote: Council always says it is short of cash, and is cutting key services. Cyclist do not pay road tax so perhaps this should be a toll road for them. Alternatively why can't they use the coastal path? have an annual permit at say £25[/p][/quote]what's this "road tax" you speak of? Willenholly
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3:53pm Tue 16 Apr 13

heresphil says...

This would be a welcome addition to the local transport infrastructure. A safe cycling route to the employment hubs at Celtic Springs, Cleppa Park and Tredegar Park is long overdue as Cardiff Road and the Pont Ebbw and M4 roundabouts are deathtraps for anyone on a bike. Hopefully this will encourage more people to cycle and take some of the weight of traffic in this area off the roads.

If the path linked up with the safe cycling route to Bassaleg school, it would also provide better links to and from the western suburbs too.
This would be a welcome addition to the local transport infrastructure. A safe cycling route to the employment hubs at Celtic Springs, Cleppa Park and Tredegar Park is long overdue as Cardiff Road and the Pont Ebbw and M4 roundabouts are deathtraps for anyone on a bike. Hopefully this will encourage more people to cycle and take some of the weight of traffic in this area off the roads. If the path linked up with the safe cycling route to Bassaleg school, it would also provide better links to and from the western suburbs too. heresphil
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5:59pm Tue 16 Apr 13

russ angel says...

Encourage cyclists and then penalise them with a £25 "permit charge? Which planet are you on?
Encourage cyclists and then penalise them with a £25 "permit charge? Which planet are you on? russ angel
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6:47pm Tue 16 Apr 13

VoiceOfDaPort says...

£25 permit is today's silliest suggestion.

I've walked the stretch of coastal path between Newport and Cardiff and it is not suitable for cyclist's in its present state, but would make a great cycle.
£25 permit is today's silliest suggestion. I've walked the stretch of coastal path between Newport and Cardiff and it is not suitable for cyclist's in its present state, but would make a great cycle. VoiceOfDaPort
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7:33pm Tue 16 Apr 13

Nivage says...

Can't they bypass Newport and send the path somewhere interesting!
Can't they bypass Newport and send the path somewhere interesting! Nivage
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8:16pm Tue 16 Apr 13

Dave on his Soapbox says...

.....using the cycling option on Google Maps…. It gives 1hour 25 minutes to cycle between Newport and Cardiff city centre…realistical
ly how many people are going to commute by bicycle when it takes so long?
Instead….they should be looking to provide more safe cycle friendly routes in and around the city….instead of the ‘cheap’ option of the bus lanes that cyclists have at present.
.....using the cycling option on Google Maps…. It gives 1hour 25 minutes to cycle between Newport and Cardiff city centre…realistical ly how many people are going to commute by bicycle when it takes so long? Instead….they should be looking to provide more safe cycle friendly routes in and around the city….instead of the ‘cheap’ option of the bus lanes that cyclists have at present. Dave on his Soapbox
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10:49pm Tue 16 Apr 13

Dee-Gee says...

That's not too much longer than by bus, especially if you have to catch two to get to an area outside the city centre. And it would be much cheaper.
That's not too much longer than by bus, especially if you have to catch two to get to an area outside the city centre. And it would be much cheaper. Dee-Gee
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1:14pm Wed 17 Apr 13

Severn40 says...

This article whilst refering to the Council shows clearly how Labour's Welsh Government actually works.

First the announcement that funding has been given to design a cycle link. Note the word design not build. Of course, infrastructure needs to be designed but I would expect it will take Labour a few years to approve the funding to build the link. What we will get instead is spin from Edwina Hart and co that they have approved a new link when the reality is slightly different.

On a second point and more worrying is that they have stalled funding to finish the small bus station outside the market. Great. They spend money doing the paving around the market but leave a building site for at least a few months. Needless to say when they get around finally to pay for the station, there will be a major press release heralding major investment. This is problem when you have a Government's priorities are press releases and publicity.
This article whilst refering to the Council shows clearly how Labour's Welsh Government actually works. First the announcement that funding has been given to design a cycle link. Note the word design not build. Of course, infrastructure needs to be designed but I would expect it will take Labour a few years to approve the funding to build the link. What we will get instead is spin from Edwina Hart and co that they have approved a new link when the reality is slightly different. On a second point and more worrying is that they have stalled funding to finish the small bus station outside the market. Great. They spend money doing the paving around the market but leave a building site for at least a few months. Needless to say when they get around finally to pay for the station, there will be a major press release heralding major investment. This is problem when you have a Government's priorities are press releases and publicity. Severn40
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7:13pm Wed 17 Apr 13

Dave on his Soapbox says...

Dee-Gee wrote:
That's not too much longer than by bus, especially if you have to catch two to get to an area outside the city centre. And it would be much cheaper.
....not if you use the direct express.....and when you factor in the need to shower.....which many employers don't cater for......for the cost per person that would use it if it ever gets the funding......it could be better spent to encourage people who currently use cars....but if safer ccle routes which didn't involve sharing with vehicles.....more women and children would cycle.
There's not many likely to cycle to Cardiff to shop....
And it may help reduce those who feel those who only feel safe by riding on pavements.
......as to the lycra clad weekenders on their racing bikes.....who gang up and ignore Rule 66 of the highway code and ride more than two abreast.....they'd not use a cycle path.
[quote][p][bold]Dee-Gee[/bold] wrote: That's not too much longer than by bus, especially if you have to catch two to get to an area outside the city centre. And it would be much cheaper.[/p][/quote]....not if you use the direct express.....and when you factor in the need to shower.....which many employers don't cater for......for the cost per person that would use it if it ever gets the funding......it could be better spent to encourage people who currently use cars....but if safer ccle routes which didn't involve sharing with vehicles.....more women and children would cycle. There's not many likely to cycle to Cardiff to shop.... And it may help reduce those who feel those who only feel safe by riding on pavements. ......as to the lycra clad weekenders on their racing bikes.....who gang up and ignore Rule 66 of the highway code and ride more than two abreast.....they'd not use a cycle path. Dave on his Soapbox
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