Cycle route improvements in Porthcawl

Sunday, 22 January 2017

By GEM Staff Reporter

in Transport

Improvement work has been completed along Porthcawl seafront, aiming to make it easier to cycle between two of the resort’s most popular beaches, with footways along the esplanade and coastline widened, new tactile paving installed, along with new signage, and drainage improvements, said a Bridgend County Borough Council (BCBC) spokesperson.

New ornamental railings have also been installed next to Cosy Corner and four sets of bike racks have been placed along the seafront. The improvements mean that a shared cycle and pedestrian route now runs from Rest Bay to Sandy Bay.

BCBC was awarded £300,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund to carry out the improvements, and Coun Charles Smith, cabinet member for education, and regeneration said: “Visitors to Porthcawl seafront will have noticed a number of works being carried out in recent months, and as a keen cyclist myself, I am delighted to see that the scheme has now been completed.

“These improvements not only make it more enjoyable to ride along the coastline for leisure purposes, but they also encourage ‘active travel’ by making it more practical for people to walk or cycle their everyday journeys, such as to school or work, as the links to local attractions, facilities and businesses have been enhanced.

“The scheme forms part of the National Cycle Network Route 88, and is the latest step towards our long-term aspiration of improving the local cycle network further so that Porthcawl town centre is connected with all of the surrounding residential areas.”

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