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Work underway to improve seaside cycling in Porthcawl

18 April 2016

Work is underway on a new route that can be shared by cyclists and pedestrians along Porthcawl’s seafront.

A number of improvements are being made so that users of the route which already runs between Rest Bay and Mallard Way can continue their journeys all the way to Sandy Bay.

Work started last week on West Drive, and the scheme will improve conditions for cyclists and walkers by widening footways, improving drainage, resurfacing, and installing new kerbs and signage to make the seafront even more visitor-friendly.

The route will use the lower promenade between the Seabank Hotel and the RNLI Station, before passing the marina and following the Eastern Promenade.

The route will not only be used for leisure, but it will also encourage ‘active travel’ by making it easier for people to walk or cycle their everyday journeys, such as to school or work, by enhancing the links to local attractions, facilities and businesses.

Councillor Charles Smith, Bridgend County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “We are delivering this project with the Bridgend Tourism Association and have been awarded funding from the Coastal Communities Fund.

“Families already love cycling and scooting along the seafront, and this will project will help to greatly improve their experience. The route will also link in with other developments such as the ongoing Porthcawl Townscape Heritage Initiative, work to bring the Jennings Building back into public use and the community-driven harbourside project.

“To minimise disruption, the work has been scheduled so that it avoids the main holiday periods when visitor numbers are at their highest.”

The Coastal Communities Fund is funded by the Government with income from the Crown Estate’s marine assets. It is delivered by the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of UK Government and the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Last Updated: 17/05/2016
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