Cycling upgrade for popular Milehouse path

Work is set to begin on upgrading yet another neighbourhood cycle scheme.

Improvements to the current path that runs between Somerset Place and Ponsonby Road in Milehouse will begin this week and will be completed in time for summer. 

Work will see the current path resurfaced and widened as part of the planned improvements to the city’s wider Strategic Cycle Network (SCN). 

New lighting will also be installed to make the path safer and more attractive to walk and cycle to Central Park and the Life Centre from Stoke and other neighbourhoods to the south and west of the park. 

It is hoped that the finished scheme, which features as an action on the city’s Climate Emergency Action Plan, will also encourage students at the nearby Stoke Damerel Community College, Scott Medical College and also employees of Stoke Business Park to use sustainable transport for their commute. 

Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet member for Strategic Transport and Infrastructure, said: “This is yet another neighbourhood-based scheme that I’m delighted to see start.

“Like so many other sustainable transport projects going on around the city, we hope that the finished scheme will make getting on your bike or lacing up your trainers just that little bit more desirable.”

Transforming Cities funding is being used to deliver the scheme, expected to complete in May 2021.

The footpath will remain open to the public for most of the construction period. However, in May, in order to lay the final surface to the whole path, we will need to close the route for one week. 

More information on the Transforming Cities Fund and how it will be spent in Plymouth can be found here.