Work underway on new Earlston shared-use path

Earlston

Published: Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

Work has got underway to create a new shared cycleway and footway south of Earlston which aims to encourage active travel.

The works alongside the A68 road began on Monday 30 April and will take around 12 weeks, with traffic lights in operation from 7am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

What are the details?

  • SBContracts is carrying out the works on behalf of us, with the shared access cycleway/footway to be 1.6kilometres long and run from Earlston to Sorrowlessfield.
  • Trunk road operator Amey has been consulted on the plans, with Sustrans Scotland providing the £360,000 funding for the project which otherwise would have been spent elsewhere in the country on a different active travel scheme.

Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, Councillor Gordon Edgar

“I am delighted this work is now getting underway, which will encourage more people to jump on their bike or pull on their walking shoes and get active.

“Sustrans Scotland specifically provides funding to ensure people across the country have access to safe walking and cycling routes, which this new shared path will do.

“There will inevitably be some disruption during the works for motorists, and we would advise motorists using the A68 regularly to give themselves a bit more time for their journeys.”

Local Councillors Kevin Drum, Tom Miers and David Parker

“This cycleway/footway will provide local residents and visitors with a great facility which will allow them to link into the local paths network that has been developed by the Earlston Paths Group, thereby encouraging more people to get active and providing more opportunities for people to visit the local area.

“For many years, local residents, Earlston Community Council and Earlston Paths Group have campaigned to see this important link established and we would like to pay tribute to the many people who have worked very hard to make this project a reality.

“Funding for the project is coming from Sustrans Scotland, and it is fantastic that £360,000 of external grant funding has been secured to deliver this project.”