Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has welcomed a new Cycling and Walking Path for Carronshore and Grangemouth.

 

Local communities in Angus MacDonald’s Falkirk East constituency are set to benefit from the creation of a high quality walking and cycling path link between Carronshore and Grangemouth.

Environmental charity Central Scotland Forest Trust (CSFT) has just begun work on site to upgrade the path which is due to open in early 2013.

The location of the improved path route on the north bank of the River Carron, between The Avenue in Carronshore and the Kerse Bridge, will help to link communities to Grangemouth which is a major area of employment within the wider Falkirk area.

The new route will increase access along the River Carron corridor and enhance the links between communities, places of work, schools, public transport and other local services and amenities.

The project, which is a partnership between CSFT, Falkirk Council, Sustrans and the Communities Along the Carron Association, was identified as a key priority following an extensive consultation period with the sixteen communities along the River Carron and subsequent feasibility study.

Michael Ewart, Sustainable Development Officer at CSFT, said: “Our Carronshore to Grangemouth Community Links project seeks to improve connectivity between these two  communities within the Falkirk area.

“The creation of a high quality path linking the two communities and the wider path network will bring health, societal, economic and environmental benefits by providing more opportunities for active travel, recreation and employment.

“After an extensive consultation and feasibility process, it is fantastic that the work has now started on site and we look forward to the path’s completion in the New Year.”

Welcoming the commencement of work on the path Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald said:

“I’m delighted to see work start on this new path, which is the latest stage in the path and cycle track network around Falkirk district. The new path will link in with the new Helix site, which is also under construction, and I look forward to both projects coming to fruition and linking up in the near future.

“I am sure that when the path is up and running local residents will use the path to access the Helix and to get to and from Grangemouth and Carronshore using the ‘healthy option’.

The latest improvements will include upgrading the existing mud path with a 2.5 metre wide sealed surface along its 1.9km length; replacing the control chicanes with fixed bollards at each entrance; extending the existing dropped kerb at the end of The Avenue in Carronshore; and improving path drainage.

For further information on CSFT, please visit  www.csft.org.uk

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