The first phase of a long-awaited path between Rosneath and a caravan park is set to go ahead thanks to funding worth £250,000.
There has been concern for many years over safety on the stretch of the B833 between the village and Rosneath Castle Caravan Park, which is often used by visitors and locals who have to dodge oncoming traffic.
Now funding from Sustrans will see Argyll and Bute Council build the first phase of a new shared use path for walkers and cyclists.
Funding from the national charity’s Community Links programme, provided through Transport Scotland’s Sustainable Transport team, is awarded to local authorities, other statutory bodies and educational institutions, to create a cycle network infrastructure for everyday journeys.
Council leader Aileen Morton said: “There has been a long- standing desire from the local community for a safe and well-designed off road walking and cycling link between Rosneath and Rosneath Castle Caravan Park.
“This welcome funding from Sustrans Scotland will allow phase one of the path to be constructed.
“As a council we are committed to doing what we can to encourage our communities to live active and healthy lives. We look forward to see the project being completed and we will continue to work with partners including Sustrans, Paths for All and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, to continually improve facilities for cyclists and walkers in Argyll and Bute.”
Sustrans Scotland community links manager, Tom Bishop, added: “We hope this funding will help to encourage more people living in Argyll and Bute to walk and cycle for more of the journeys them make every day.
“We look forward to working with the council to ensure the successful delivery of the project.”
The new safe cycling and walking route will be built in accordance with the Sustrans design guidelines and is being funded from an overall £396,000 Community Links Programme award to the council.
Since 2010 Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links Programme has funded more than 500 projects across Scotland.