Plans to build a new shared use pedestrian-cycle route will be presented to the public at two forthcoming drop-in events.
The 3.5-metre wide route is proposed to run along the full length of the verge on the northern side of Covingham Drive, a distance of 700 metres, and will form part of the new Eastern Flyer which will link the New Eastern Villages development with Swindon town centre.
The route would link into the wider Swindon cycle-pedestrian network by providing a connection between the existing off-road cycle-pedestrian network between Dorcan Way and Merlin Way.
Funding for the scheme has come from the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership as part of the Local Growth Fund. This is the second year of a three year programme being delivered across the borough to improve cycle and pedestrian facilities
The proposed route requires planning permission as it passes through an area of public open space, while it also needs to be approved by the Environment Agency, due to previous incidents of flooding in the local area.
The Council would like to hear what local people think of the proposed pedestrian-cycle route and is hosting two consultation events.
Cllr Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainability, Transport and Highways, said: “Over the last couple of years, cycle paths have been improved in West Swindon and South Swindon to encourage more cycling into the town centre. These clearly signed routes are well used and already showing their value.
“Our attention is now turning to creating a similar Eastern Flyer from the White Hart roundabout to the town centre. This £1.25m project will create a new cycle path and footpath along the north side of Covingham Drive, and see improvements to Queens Drive, Drove Road, Garrard Way, Drakes Way, Marlow Avenue and Swindon Road, along with better lighting and CCTV.
“Swindon is two years into its five-year road improvement programme to tackle congestion, but it is important we do not forget walking and cycling. By creating the Eastern Flyer now before new housing is built local residents can be encouraged to leave their car at home and walk or cycle to locations such as the new shopping district centre, Greenbridge or the town centre.
“Council officers are already liaising with the Environment Agency to discuss flood risk and ensure that this route is fit for purpose.”
A consultation event will take place next Tuesday (28 June) between 3pm and 8pm at Coleview Community Centre, Towcester Road, SN3 4AS, with the first being held in Covingham on Saturday 25 June.
The informal drop-in sessions will give people the chance to look at the initial drawings, discuss the draft proposals, and make any comments on the plans.
After the events, the consultation drawings will also be available for review by visiting: www.swindontravelchoices.co.uk/projects.aspx
If approved, the scheme could be completed by the end of March 2017.
Anyone who cannot make the consultation events but would like more information can contact the project team by emailing: email@example.com or by calling 01793 445500 by Friday 8 July.