A386 ROBOROUGH TO YELVERTON CYCLE PATH CAMPAIGN
A direct cycle path between Roborough and Yelverton parallel to the A386
DO YOU SUPPORT THIS PROPOSAL? LET US KNOW. THERE’S A POLL LOWER DOWN.
For at least 20 years cyclists have campaigned for an off-road path from the boundary of Plymouth City Council (Plessey Roundabout) to Yelverton.
So why now?
This section of the A386 is now used by large numbers of cyclists for both leisure rides and commuting. Traffic on this road has increased massively in recent years, making cycling dangerous. Large housing developments at Tavistock and in the North of Plymouth will generate even more traffic. Much of the traffic is driving at excessive speed for an undulating road with junctions to both sides and traffic-calming pinch-points.
This route is mentioned as a possibility in the Plymouth and SW Devon Local Plan – Transport Infrastructure Statement 2017 – it states:
The potential for a segregated cycle way between Yelverton and Roborough, running parallel to the A386 will also be explored, to provide a sustainable alternative for trips between Yelverton, surrounding villages and onto Plymouth’s strategic cycle network.
This would be dependent on section 106 money after further housing development. DCC states that it will continue to try and secure funding though developer contributions where appropriate.
So this could be 20 years away – or never
We therefore propose a path on the East side of the road, segregated from the road by a fence or hedge. If built to agreed specifications, of suitable width and surface, cyclists would use it in place of the road.
The route will involve negotiating a strip of land for a cycle path adjacent to the A386 on land owned by the Maristow Estate, which without prejudice, has a positive attitude to the proposal subject to agreement. North from the PCC boundary, the route lies within the South Hams District for a very short distance, then within West Devon across Roborough Down, skirting the golf course to Yelverton.
This corresponds to the Parliamentary constituencies South West Devon (Gary Streeter MP) and Torridge and West Devon (Geoffrey Cox MP). North from the Dartmoor Diner the land also lies with Dartmoor National Park.
We appreciate this is not a development within the City Boundaries but the Cycling Campaign believes this path is needed in order to encourage more people to cycle to and from the Moor and the many workplaces in and around Derriford as well as opening up cycling access to Dartmoor for residents of North and West Plymouth who cannot easily access the Plym Valley Trail. A quality path could see a significant shift away from cars.
The argument that this path would duplicate the Plym Valley cycle path (Sustrans NCN27) is false; that is a daytime leisure route and not viable for cyclists from the North or East of Plymouth, parts of which lie at 100m+ higher than the start of the Plym Valley cycle path at Marsh Mills.
It would not be a Sustrans designated NCN route, but Sustrans are helping us with the proposal. The Plymouth Cycling Campaign has also consulted with the principal landowner, MPs, local councillors, the Dartmoor NPA, SW Water and Derriford Hospital staff who cycle commute on the A386.
We are holding a public meeting January to gauge the level of support and to listen to your opinions as well as those of the other stakeholders:
Report on Public Meeting Clearbrook Village Hall
Saturday January 26th
The meeting in Clearbrook Village Hall on Jan 26th was packed with 75+ people and standing room only.
Strong support was voiced by Devon Councillors, local parish councillors, cyclists, walkers and motorists.
Geoffrey Cox MP sent a representative who read out a statement of support
Letters of support have been received from Gary Streeter MP, Phillip Sanders, Leader of W. Devon plus Plymouth MPs, Luke Pollard and Johnny Mercer and John Skinner, Chair of Devon Ramblers.
No one from Dartmoor NPA was unable to attend and we are very keen to hear their view of the proposal
Devon Highways are unable to comment on the proposal until there is final approval of the Joint Local Plan
The meeting has been covered in the local press, by both the Tavistock Times and the Plymouth Herald
We have not specified an exact line for this route, although the East side of the A386 seems to be favoured. Whether it is a cycle lane on the verge of the road or on open moorland several metres to the East of the road raises different implications. The meeting was in full agreement that only a properly constructed fast cycle path/ lane would induce commuting cyclists to use it in preference to the A386.
The possibility of this route is mentioned in the Joint Local Plan Transport Statement, but this would be funded by Sect 106 contributions from housing developments. This could be in 20 years time or never.
The strong view of local councillors at the meeting was that funding from Section 106 money should be forgotten about. The UK claims to prioritise sustainable transport and public health and yet cycling and walking routes are often funded peacemeal via developer’s contributions.
Councillors Ric Cheadle (Buckland Monachorum) and David Cloke (Burrator) have agreed to take the proposal to the full Devon CC.
A full feasibility needs to undertaken and funding identified, but engagement with Devon CC highways and DNPA is essential before this can happen
In the meantime why not let us know if you think we should campaign for this. Strong support from the cycling community would add weight to our case. POLL CURRENTLY STANDS AT 498 IN FAVOUR, 1 AGAINST (11.30 JANUARY 9TH)
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