Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route

Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event

Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29 2015

  • Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
    Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
  • Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
    Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
  • Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
    Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
  • Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
    Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
  • Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
    Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
  • Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
    Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
  • Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
    Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
  • Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
    Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
  • Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
    Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
  • Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
    Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
  • Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
    Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
  • Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
    Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
  • Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
    Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
  • Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
    Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
  • Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29
    Carmarthen to Llandeilo Cycle Route Stakeholder Consultation Event in Llanarthne Village Hall Oct 29

Carmarthenshire Council held a well-attended stakeholders consultation event today in the village hall in Llanarthne on the proposed Carmarthen to Llandeilo cycle route.

Simon Charles, the official in the transport department who is the project lead, emphasised the benefits of the cycling and walking path before showing a ‘fly through’ of the proposed route.

He said that the vision is to create a world class active travel facility. The idea has been in development since 2002, and there have been two studies done, the last one in 2013. This led to a feasibility study with environmental scoping and an assessment of the impact on locals.

For the council, it’s about improving safety, health, accessibility, sustainable transport and social inclusion, plus attracting inward investment to yield economic improvements and encourage visitors to the area.

The preferred option is to use the route of the old railway line as far as posssible. But this is not set in stone, the Council wants to hear people’s views on this.

The route would eventually link to the nearby communities in between so they can access the route to use it in everyday life. It will also link to the Celtic trail and the Brecfa MTB trail.

Special needs will be catered for so anyone may use it.

There are several tourism destinations along the route or just off it including Aberglasney Gardens, Dinefwr Castle and the Botanic Garden and Drylwyn Castle. The valley itself is beautiful.

Local B&Bs, restaurants and pubs will benefit. Research was quoted showing that the economic contribution from adventure tourism is 45% higher than other types of tourism. The estimated economic contribution is £860-£2m per year and 17-41 Full Time jobs created each year. The estimated cost is £5-7million to build it.

There would be many health benefits, plus the avoidance of accidents; there have been several accidents on the A40 and B4300 in recent years.

For comparison the Taff Trail has 628,000 trips a year, £321m is spent locally by visitors including £1.6m by tourists.

The Exeter Estuary Trail is similar, a 16 mile largely off road, for commuter and leisure use. It has also had many benefits including a 42% increase in cycle usage.

The next steps are further consultation, discussions with landowners, then arriving at the preferred option, then planning application and search for funding.

There would be no change to the current movement of stock over the land.
Multiple access rights or other arrangements would be negotiated with landowners.

Gilbert John, one of these landowners, said that he would in the end like to see the route restored as a railway line as well, so that, when the Carmarthen to Aberystwyth line is restored, with Carmarthen linked to the Heart of Wales line at Ffairfach,a circular route around Wales would be possible, coming through Llandeilo. We can dream.

The cycle route will probably now have to go round the new Bro Dinefwr school because of concerns the school has for the safety of pupils, even though it passes currently along a line between the car park and the school buildings site. If there is to be a cycle route to the school it will be part of the whole path but with a short lane going down the western side to the front entrance.

Wider Consultation

Under the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013, Local Authorities are required to prepare maps highlighting their existing walking and cycling routes. In the preparation of these maps the council is duty bound to consult on the existing routes, as such it has launched a questionnaire online. The feedback  will form an integral part of the final draft that is submitted to Welsh Government for their approval and the routes to promote in the future. Please click on the link and have your say.

Transition Tywi supports Carmarthenshire Cycling Forum in its bid to get the Welsh Government to give more support for cycling in the area. CCF recently wrote to the minister, Edwina Hart, complaining that the Welsh Government’s Trunk Road cycle scheme expenditure over the past 5 years is £3m of which Carmarthenshire has benefitted by the sum of just £1,700.

This amounts to 0.6% in a county with one of the longest mileage of Trunk Road (second only to Powys?) and one of the largest populations on and around these roads.

Carmarthenshire has two out of the five most dangerous roundabouts in Wales, Pont Abraham and Cross Hands, which require urgent attention to be safe for cyclists. We think money would best be spent on projects like this than the M4 Newport bypass.

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