A new guide has been published which highlights the landmarks and attractions alongside a soon-to-be revamped Southern Flyer pedestrian and cycle route.
The three miles long route will join up West Leaze in Wichelstowe with Farnsby Street in the town centre and will take in Peglars Way, Beavans Bridge, Wootton Bassett Road, Turner Street, Joseph Street and Canal Walk.
The aim of the scheme being built by Swindon Borough Council is to deliver a safe, direct and continuous cycle and pedestrian route from Wichelstowe to Swindon Town Centre in order to encourage people to get on their bikes or walk. And in order to steer people towards using The Southern Flyer, the guide describes points of interest along the way and features a map showing the route, plus an additional two walking routes.
It is hoped people will use the guide to get out and explore places, noticing new features that they may otherwise overlook.
Funding of £716,000 has been secured for The Southern Flyer from the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) and is expected to be completed by the spring. The route will be resurfaced and widened, existing road markings will be upgraded and new ones installed, while the scheme will also include new street furniture, new posts, wayfinding plinths, improved lighting and tree planting.
Cllr Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Transport, said: “The Southern Flyer will be a new revamped cycle path which will allow residents to walk and cycle from Wichelstowe into the town centre.
“This free new guide provides details about some of the interesting sights along the way, including pubs, architecture, historical features, nature reserves, murals and parks. This is an important link which will hopefully encourage people out of their cars, and inspire people to explore the local area.”
The Southern Flyer compliments The Western Flyer – a 2 mile off-road path connecting West Swindon to the town centre. This route has seen increased cycle trips along its length by up to 50 per cent since its completion in 2014.
Copies of the guide are being posted through the doors of residents living within a few hundred metres of the routes. It will also be available free of charge from Swindon’s libraries, and a PDF can be downloaded from: http://tinyurl.com/z7a2aca
A video showing the route the Southern Flyer will take can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/141404097