A Bridge Between North Cross and Central Park

This is a proposal to PCyC to support a high level viaduct or bridge about 300m long for pedestrians and cyclists from North Cross roundabout as part of the proposed future redevelopment of Plymouth Station

 

A high level viaduct or bridge about 300m long for pedestrians and cyclists from North Cross roundabout, adjacent to the Tower Cabs office to the southern slopes of Central Park has been discussed at various times over the past 15 years or so and rejected on cost grounds. If a major redevelopment of Plymouth station with a new entrance at the level of North Cross is on the cards we propose that a feasibility study is conducted into such a viaduct or bridge .

The benefits of a well-designed, aesthetically pleasing viaduct of sufficient width to allow pedestrians and cyclists two-way travel are many:

 

  1. It would give pedestrian/cycle access to Plymouth Station from large residential parts of the city via Central Park, making the journey on foot from the Peverell area and from the Park and Ride car park to the city centre a pleasant, completely off road experience, avoiding the steep, noisy and unattractive route under the Saltash Road railway bridge.
  2. The Life Centre, plus other Central Park sports facilities and green open space would only be a short walk or ride away for University students and staff as well as city residents and workers. The health and environment benefits of walking and cycling are well acknowledged.
  3. The crossing would form part of the preferred ‘Northern Corridor’ cycle route north out of the city, linking to the A 386 to Yelverton and beyond, avoiding either the Alma Rd./ Outland Rd route or the North Hill I Mutley route
  4. It would link the city centre with the underused southern area of the park providing access to public open space and fine views of the city. Environmental improvements to this area of the park would be justified if more people used it.
  5. The current proposals for the ‘Northern Corridor’ are piecemeal and tinker with the problem– see

http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/homepage/transportandroads/localprojects/stationaccessproject/stationtocentralpark.htm#station_to_central_park-top   A viaduct as part of a larger scheme is a more far sighted solution.

Your Comments

  • Bridge between North X and Central Park: This would be a good idea, but cyclists and pedestrians will need to be properly separated, otherwise they will simply get in each others way, as always happen with so-called ‘shared space’.
  • Cycle Viaduct between North Cross and Central Park.
    I strongly agree with all five benefits stated in this proposal (reproduced below). I imagine it would be a highly visible feature, thereby providing a ‘positive signal’ to all, Re the support of cycling /cyclists in this city – very encouraging to new cyclists as well, hopefully.
    The proposals as stated are:-
    1. It would give pedestrian/cycle access to Plymouth Station from large residential parts of the city via Central Park, making the journey on foot from the Peverell area and from the Park and Ride car park to the city centre a pleasant, completely off road experience, avoiding the steep, noisy and unattractive route under the Saltash Road railway bridge.
    2. The Life Centre, plus other Central Park sports facilities and green open space would only be a short walk or ride away for University students and staff as well as city residents and workers. The health and environment benefits of walking and cycling are well acknowledged.
    3. The crossing would form part of the preferred ‘Northern Corridor’ cycle route north out of the city, linking to the A 386 to Yelverton and beyond, avoiding either the Alma Rd./ Outland Rd route or the North Hill I Mutley route
    4. It would link the city centre with the underused southern area of the park providing access to public open space and fine views of the city. Environmental improvements to this area of the park would be justified if more people used it.
    5. The current proposals for the ‘Northern Corridor’ are piecemeal and tinker with the problem –  A viaduct as part of a larger scheme is a more far sighted solution.
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