RUGBY Borough Council has reaffirmed its contribution of £290,000 towards work to convert the Black Path bridge and Leicester Road Viaduct into a cycleway, despite cuts in funding from partner organisations.
he Viaduct Cycleway project, part of Sustrans’ network of cycleways, would link some of the council’s priority areas including Newbold, the Glebe Estate and the employment areas of Swift Valley, to the town centre via the 11 Arches viaduct. It would also see a new ramp added to the Black Path footbridge across the West Coast Main Line railway west of Rugby station, improving access between Brownsover, Warwickshire College and the town as well creating new links to many areas of employment. The work would benefit cyclists, families with buggies and residents with mobility problems by providing a shorter stepless route between these areas of the town.
Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for economy, development and culture, said: “In these difficult economic times it is important that we review all of our spending to make sure that projects are both affordable and good value for money. However, good financial management means that we can still go ahead with projects that meet these criteria, such as the new leisure centre and the cycleway.
“The Viaduct Cycleway project will bring lasting benefit to Rugby residents, particularly in the north and west of the town, and is in line with our regeneration strategy. By committing £290,000 to this scheme we will unlock a further three quarter of a million pounds from the National Lottery and other sources, making the scheme very good value for money for local taxpayers.”
The project is currently out to tender, and once the procurement process is complete the final design of the scheme will be agreed with the steering committee and announced in September. Subject to tenders and a final check for affordability, work on the project should be complete by the end of 2012.