Community volunteers ask residents for feedback on the Strathkelvin Trail project



A community group is seeking residents’ opinions on proposals for improving the trail system from Glenboig to Moodiesburn.

Members of the Northern Corridor Community Volunteers (NCCV) are currently hosting an exhibit and online consultation on plans for the 2.7-mile Strathkelvin Railway.

The group, whose members are carrying out various environmental projects, hope it can be improved to provide a safe and suitable route for all walkers and cyclists, including filling in the ‘missing link’ section around Avenuehead Road and Drumcavel. Road.

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Now, residents living along and near the road are invited to provide feedback on its improvement to allow easy pedestrian and cyclist access to a host of local facilities, including new and future housing, schools and community centers, library and nature reserve in the area.

The online exhibit includes drone footage and a bird’s eye view showing the current route, described as “an important missing link in local trail infrastructure in a feasibility study undertaken as part of the program. community ties ”, improving it being“ a long-standing priority. For various groups and plans, including those relating to Seven Lochs Wetlands Park.

He notes: “The project will assess the current condition of the road between Gartferry Road in Moodiesburn and Glenboig Village Park, and propose improvements for walking and cycling, including access points that lead to more works. wide and access from the surrounding villages.

Plans to create a “continuous active travel route” between the two areas include providing new entry points from neighborhoods along the way and implementing a speed reduction at Drumcavel Road.

Other suggestions include a new surface to replace its current ‘swampy’ texture, meaning that during the ‘winter months the trail is almost unsuitable for walkers and cyclists’, as well as signage and traffic. interpretation such as the use of its existing historic wall sections.

Improvements could also range from dealing with the “dark and unwelcoming environment” on the path near Bedlay Cemetery to tackling overgrown vegetation and flooding and lighting issues in its narrow underground passage under the river. M73.

The NCCV said: “We hope to make the path safe for walking and cycling by improving the sections that are currently on the route with the long term goal of connecting to the national cycling network.

“It is a very popular walk at all times, rich in the heritage of the region; we’re looking to collect opinions on how to improve the route, information about current and future use, and what would help people use it for their daily commutes.

“We are exploring the creation of an accessible walking and cycling route connecting Moodiesburn, Chryston and Glenboig, allowing for wider active travel links, and encourage people to take the opportunity to speak up and show their support for the upgrade. “

The online consultation project is funded by the Scottish Government as part of the Sustrans ‘places for Everyone’ program, with the NCCV working alongside TGP landscape architects on potential plans for improving the active travel route.

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