Plans revealed for cycle path suspension bridge

£750k route linking England and Wales to be built

A cycle path which runs between England and Wales is being built, with its very own suspension bridge.

The cross-border traffic free path linking Chepstow into the heart of the lower Wye Valley will see the creation of a spectacular bridge and open up an abandoned tunnel.

This week more than 40 people from across the lower Wye Valley gathered at the Old Wireworks bridge in Tintern to demonstrate their support for the proposed path. The event was staged by the independent group Wye Valley Communities for Safe Cycling (WVCSC), which is backing the scheme.

The £750,000 scheme is part of Sustrans’ Connect2 – a UK-wide project to connect communities with new walking and cycling routes, which won the Big Lottery Fund's People's £50 Million Giveaway in December.

Sustrans, the UK’s leading cycling charity, has submitted planning applications for the project to Monmouthshire County Council and Forest of Dean District Council.

John Grimshaw, Sustrans chief executive, said: “The main aim for this project is to make it easier for more people to peacefully walk and cycle through this beautiful area, providing better access to an area of outstanding natural beauty for local people and visitors.

“Sustrans and local councils are developing this project as the result of overwhelming local demand for the new Connect2 route in Tintern - including from families, business people, walkers and cyclists.”

The revised route starts from the National Diving and Activity Centre at Dayhouse Quarry in Tidenham. Sustrans has also reached agreements with Natural England on how to protect the local bat population and plans to create roosts inside the roofs of Tidenham tunnel.

The railway path passes through the 1,000-metre tunnel and emerges on the eastern bank of the Wye before arriving at Tintern where the proposed 65-metre suspension bridge will cross to Tintern Old Station.

The path will then continue to Brockweir bridge, all providing safe and environmentally friendly alternatives to the busy A466 and B4228.

To support the proposals, email planning@fdean.gov.uk (reference P1597/07/FUL) and planning@monmouthshire.gov.uk (reference DC/2008/00367).

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