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Cabinet recommendation moves creation of new multi-use Saints Trails a step closer


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A project to invest in over 30km of new multi-use trails across central Cornwall to increase opportunities for cycling to work, for leisure and to help residents’ lead healthy active lifestyles, has taken a step forward today.

The Cabinet agreed to recommend to full Council that work can progress to confirm the routes and land requirements for the four new Saints Trails which include routes between

  • St Agnes to Truro
  • Trispen to Idless
  • St Newlyn East to Carland Cross
  • Perranporth to Newquay

Cornwall Council is investing £2m into the new off road trails, which will be for cyclists, walkers and horse riders, with the majority of the funding (£17.07m) for the schemes coming from Highways England as part of their programme to provide environmental, social and economic benefits to the people, communities and businesses who live and work alongside the strategic road network.

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet portfolio holder for transport said: “We are on track to provide some great opportunities for cycling, walking and horse riding.  The new routes will complement other cycle routes and trails across Cornwall, linking with where residents live and work, connecting our communities and joining up access to the services that people want and need.”

“Leaving the car and getting on the bike also helps address congestion and air quality issues and helps us lead a healthier lifestyle.”

“The new routes are also expected to be popular with tourists and provide future job creation opportunities similar to those experienced with the Camel and Bissoe trails.” 

Highways England Senior Project Manager, Hannah Sanderson, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Cornwall Council to realise these cycling projects close to the A30 and pleased to see the level of progress being made.

“Our designated funds programme was developed so that we can invest in projects beyond our traditional road build and maintenance and this is a glowing example of how this funding can have a positive impact on people and communities.”

The project team has been developing the schemes following on from a series of public exhibitions over the summer where over 90% of the 800 or so people that attended expressed their support.

More detailed design work, agreements to acquire land and planning permissions are required for some of the trails, but with the routes and much of the land confirmed,  we are now in a position to progress these exciting schemes with those for Goonhavern, St Newlyn East and near Trispen with some sections starting in the New Year.

More detail on the trails, including plans and design option reports are available to view on the project website


Story posted 18 December 2019