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Saints Trails

The Designated Funds Cycling Safety and Integration Programme – The Saints Trails

Transformational investment (£17.1m) has been secured from Highways England that in partnership with Cornwall Council (£2m contribution) will deliver four new multi user trails including links between Newquay, Perranporth, St Newlyn East, St Agnes and Truro.  A fifth scheme, design only at this stage, is looking at providing facilities for cyclists and walkers along the existing A30 between Carland and Chiverton that would be implemented once the new dual carriageway scheme is built.

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Once completed this 30Km network of trails (known collectively as the ‘Saints Trails’) will link housing and employment growth areas’ connect coastal communities, provide sustainable access to key services and help address congestion and air quality issues. Increasing accessibility to high quality networks of cycle and walking trails should encourage healthier lifestyle choices and contribute to the Councils Climate Change emergency agenda. 

Since the funding announcement and media launch in early February 2019 the Project team has focused on scheme development and engagement with landowners and key stakeholders. This design work has built upon the high level feasibility study undertaken by the Highways England Arup consultant team, and included early community engagement and liaison with representatives of local Cycle groups, the Countryside Access forum, Parish Councils and Local Members through the Community Network team.

The initial proposals were the subject of seven public exhibitions in August 2019 at a number of locations including Perranporth, Newquay, St Newlyn East, Goonhavern and St Agnes. This provided an opportunity for the project team to update residents and stakeholders on the initial design proposals for each route and seek their detailed feedback where appropriate. Around 800 people attended the exhibitions and the 810 completed questionnaires received both online and at the exhibitions demonstrated 90% support for the schemes (81% strong support) with just 5% against. 

 Analysis of feedback has helped the Project Team in developing the trails, with redesign and change of routes in some sections over the last few months. In developing the preliminary design of the trails the project team have assessed a number of alternative alignments and layouts. The recommended routes illustrated in the plans are a result of this process that balances achieving the objectives of the project against impacts on landowners, the environment, cost and deliverability. A design options report has been produced and is available to view for each route that details this process.

 As the schemes progress further updates to these pages will be provided.


The schemes can be summarised as follows:

  1. Truro to St Agnes; This traffic-free path will provide a multi user trail alongside the A390 from the park and ride at Threemilestone to Chiverton Cross where a dedicated overbridge for cyclists, walkers and horseriders will cross the A30 and then linking with an off road trail alongside the B3277 to St Agnes.  This trail will link with the new routes planned as part of the Langarth Garden Village Development.
  2. Trispen to Idless; This signed route will link the A39 at Trispen to Lanner Mill and then on off road trails through Bishop’s and Lady’s wood to Idless and the National Cycle Network (NCN) route 32.
  3. St Newlyn East to Carland Cross; This scheme will connect the existing National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 32 at St Newlyn East to Carland Cross via a traffic-free path through Newlyn Downs.
  4. Perranporth to Newquay. This scheme will re-use the route of the abandoned railway as a multi-use trail. The route starts in Perranporth and continues through St Newlyn East to Newquay.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact the project team at or call us on 0300 1234 222.

For details of the Saint's Trails Launch event please see the Saints Trails Launch webpage.

For further details about the designated funds programme please see the Highways England Designated Funds webpage.

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