Cycle route improvements completed along Porthcawl seafront
19 January 2017
Improvement work has been completed along Porthcawl seafront which makes it easier to cycle between two of the resort’s most popular beaches.
Footways along the esplanade and coastline have been widened and new tactile paving has been installed, while there has also been some resurfacing, new signage, and drainage improvements.
New ornamental railings have also been installed next to Cosy Corner, and four sets of bike racks have been placed along the seafront. The improvements mean that a shared cycle and pedestrian route now runs all the way from Rest Bay to Sandy Bay.
Bridgend County Borough Council was awarded £300,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund to carry out the improvements, and Councillor Charles Smith, Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration, said: “Visitors to Porthcawl seafront will have noticed a number of works being carried out in recent months, and as a keen cyclist myself I am delighted to see that the scheme has now been completed.
“These improvements not only make it more enjoyable to ride along the coastline for leisure purposes, but they also encourage ‘active travel’ by making it more practical for people to walk or cycle their everyday journeys, such as to school or work, as the links to local attractions, facilities and businesses have been enhanced.
“The scheme forms part of the National Cycle Network Route 88, and is the latest step towards our long-term aspiration of improving the local cycle network further so that Porthcawl town centre is connected with all of the surrounding residential areas.”
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 Welsh Government, and seeks to help boost the economy of coastal communities across the UK.