Sherford-Plymouth Cycle Expressway
ePetition: A petition to support the expressway
Please add your name to the hundreds who are calling for change
Sherford is a planned development of 5,500 homes 5 miles to the East of Plymouth City Centre. Planning consent has just been received and work is expected to start soon. Together with significant increases of housing in the South Hams, this is likely to increase pressure on the existing busy roads. the Plymouth Cycling Campaign has researched and proposed a dedicated cycle expressway linking Sherford to Plymouth and improving links to Plympton, Plymstock, Elburton, and Brixton.
The expressway would provide a viable route for cycling and mobility traffic free from cars, trucks and other motorised transport and with a separated pedestrian section. It would increase transport capacity without the need for new road building, largely following the line of the defunct Plymouth Brixton railway. At 5 miles, the distance between Sherford and Plymouth makes cycle commuting and travel a practical option, however the existing road links are likely to restrict cycle use to a minimum. The proposed new route is designed to link up with transport developments which are already going ahead, such as re-opening the disused rail bridge across the Plym at Laira. This will keep costs down and help to make sure the expressway links well with other cycle routes.
Plymouth City Council, Devon County Council and South Hams District Council have been involved in discussions on the development of the Expressway proposal. Plymouth Cycling Campaign is urging these authorities to seize this opportunity to achieve a major traffic improvement. As well as linking Sherford with the City of Plymouth, the route would meet the call for better transport links for the popular areas of Plympton, Plymstock and Elburton as well as Brixton and Yealmpton, avoiding the busy A379.
This proposal offers Plymouth and South Hams a low cost way to build for the future and deliver a project which would be amongst the most advanced in the country. You can help to make this happen.
Update; Details of the recent Stanborough Cross Proposal are here
What you can do
For this proposal to succeed we need evidence that the route will be used and that it would attract significant numbers of cyclists away from their cars. If you are someone who could be persuaded onto a bike if there is a fast segregated route let us know; add a comment below or show your support by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Then let your councillor and MP know; the more support the better
Support, questions, suggestions and objections are all welcome, just add a comment below or email
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