Lochgilphead’s new school run

A new Lochgilphead cycle and walking route comes closer to reality - but more ideas are welcome.

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Plans to make it easier and safer to walk, cycle and wheel to Lochgilphead’s joint campus are being refined.

More than 100 people took part in a survey by Walk Cycle Lochgilphead as part of an Argyll and Bute Council scheme to make active travel safer between the joint campus, Lochgilphead town centre and Bishopton Road.

One route came out on top after consultation in May, which looked at three proposed routes, with almost half the respondents opting for a route through Union Street, avoiding the busy A83.

The popularity of the chosen route was largely based on it being considered a quick solution and cost effective, offering a direct journey and leading to reduced traffic speeds.

The proposal would see a number of traffic management measures put in place, including wider pavements at the Lorne Street-A83 junction, priority given to cyclists on Lorne Street, a segregated contraflow cycle lane on Union Street and a staggered crossing route outside the school campus.

A number of ‘rain gardens’ are also to be introduced. These areas of grasses and wildflowers will border and divide roads and paths while providing flood prevention during periods of heavy rain.

Walk Cycle Lochgilphead is now inviting  people to comment on the proposed route to finalise its design.

Visit www.walkcyclelochgilphead.co.uk/proposed-route to get involved.