A number of cycling and walking projects will get underway this year thanks to successful funding bids made by Argyll and Bute Council to Sustrans and Argyll and the Islands LEADER. These projects include;
- The South Islay Distilleries path - a shared use path linking Port Ellen and Lagavulin communities. Cost £212,500 including £100,000 from Sustrans and £60,000 from local distilleries. Funding bids have been submitted for the remainder of the money.
- The Jubilee Bridge at Appin – replacing upper beams and widening the bridge for better access. Cost £170,200 including £50,000 from Sustrans, £20,000 from Crown Estate, £66,000 from Active Places fund and £34,200 from local contributions.
- The Kilmichael Glassary to Bridgend link – new cycling and walking path. Cost £130,000 including £63,500 from Sustrans, £6,500 from Argyll and Bute Council and £60,000 of leader funding.
- The Kintyre schools route – design and land negotiations to prepare routes to Drumlemble and Southend Primary Schools. Cost £10,000 including £5,000 from Sustrans and £5,000 from Argyll and Bute Council.
- Dunollie to Ganavan Improvements – community consultation and work to redesign two sections of the route for pedestrians and cyclists as there are two tight bends and poor visibility. Cost £40,000 including £20,000 from Sustrans and £20,000 from Argyll and Bute Council.
- Connel Station National Cycle Network route development – design and get permission for this key section of the Oban to Fort William. Cost £10,000 including £5,000 from Sustrans and £5,000 from Argyll and Bute Council.
- South Shian link at Benderloch – new path joining the Tralee Road to the national cycle network through Benderloch. Cost £25,000 including £12,500 from Sustrans and £12,500 from Argyll and Bute Council.
- Helensburgh to Cardross cycleway – continuing the route from the new Waitrose store towards Cardross. A £630,000 bid has been approved by Strathclyde Passenger for Transport over the next three years with £230,000 for this financial year.
Lead Councillor for Environment, Development and Infrastructure, John Semple said, “The projects have all been identified by local communities, elected members, the council’s roads and access teams or through school travel planning projects. Each of the projects aligns with the council’s Local Transport Strategy, Local Development Plan, Economic Development Action Plan and Core Path Plan.
“The projects were shortlisted due to their suitability for meeting the various match funding stream criteria. Our intention is to make walking and cycling a realistic option on local journeys for our residents and to further develop Argyll and Bute’s potential as a cycle tourism destination.”