Green fingered pupils who have helped to brighten up a recently revamped cycle-pedestrian route will be on hand at its official unveiling on Thursday 9 June.
Work to improve the Southern Flyer has been carried out over the last few months with the three-mile route for pedestrians and cyclists joining up West Leaze in Wichelstowe with Farnsby Street in the town centre, taking in Peglars Way, Beavans Bridge, Wootton Bassett Road, Turner Street, Joseph Street and Canal Walk along the way.
To add more colour to the route, children from Robert Le Kyng Primary School, with the help of the Council’s Highways and Central Locality teams as well as the Town Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team, planted 100 bulbs in November 2015 close to the Cambria Bridge play area. See more pictures by Richard Wintle of Calyx
The daffs made a welcome Spring splash and now the children will return to the Cambria Bridge section of the Southern Flyer to officially declare the route open.
The Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fun (LSTF) provided £716,000 in funding for the cycle route, which saw the Southern Flyer resurfaced and widened, existing road markings upgraded and new ones installed, while the scheme also included new street furniture, new posts, wayfinding plinths, improved lighting and tree planting.
The aim of the scheme is to deliver a safe, direct and continuous cycle-pedestrian route from Wichelstowe to Swindon Town Centre in order to encourage people to shift towards cycling and walking. The high quality, high profile route links in with the National Cycle Network 45 and the Western Flyer, which was completed last year.
Cllr Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainability, Highways and Transport, said: “The £714,000 Southern flyer is a new and improved cycle path from Waitrose in Wichelstowe into the town centre, and it complements its West Swindon sister route.
“The children from Robert Le Kyng did a fantastic job planting the bulbs and they have really brightened up the route for the pedestrians and cyclists who use it.
“The Council has managed to secure a significant amount of money in recent years to improve our pedestrian and cycle network because we are committed to investing in sustainable transport. We want to encourage people out of their cars and to make the most of these great new routes by either cycling or walking, which is why work on an Eastern Flyer to improve the cycle connections of Stratton, Covingham and Liden to the town centre will occur in 2017.
“Only one in 20 adults cycle to work in Swindon and we will be doing all we can to improve this figure, not only to help ease congestion on our roads, but to promote active, healthy lifestyles.”