We have commissioned SUSTRANS to carry out a Feasibility Study for a new safe National Cycling & Walking Route from Ashburton to South Brent via Buckfastleigh. This would allow young people to safely cycle to and from school, enable increased transport and healthy living options for local residents and attract cycle tourism and sport to the area.
Ideally this would be a multi-use path, which would enable walkers, wheelchair and mobility vehicle users to safely travel the route, as well as cyclists.
We are assured that Devon County Council are supportive of the plan and they have a responsibility to double cycling and walking routes in the county by 2025 by developing ‘Cycling & Walking Investment Plans’.
Highways England also have a duty to provide for other transportation methods along the A38 corridor and have significant funding available for this.
We hope that by being proactive in producing a professional Feasibility Study, our proposal will be incorporated into in any plans Devon County Council and Highways England develop.
The funding to pay for the study (which SUSTRANS provided at a greatly reduced rate) was provided by the following organisations, to whom we are most grateful:
- Dartmoor National Park Authority
- Buckfastleigh Town Council
- South Hams District Council
- Ashburton & Buckfastleigh Hospital League of Friends
- South Brent Parish Council
Click HERE to download/view a photo-document of a section of the proposed route.