A new shared use bridge for pedestrians and cyclists is set to change the landscape around Llanelli’s Parc Trostre after funding was announced by local MS Lee Waters.
As part of a significant rise in funding for walking and cycling improvements across Wales, the Deputy Economy Minister confirmed £1.7m of funding for the bridge which will cross over the A4184.
Announcing the tranche of schemes, Lee said:
“We want to make walking and cycling easy, safe and attractive for people’s everyday local journeys. But people won’t leave their cars at home until they can see there is a viable alternative. I’m pleased that we’re committing £75 million to boost active travel in Wales. That’s up from just £5 million from when I was first elected in 2016.”
“Locally, I’m delighted that we’ve been able to fund a new shared use bridge over the A4184. The Trostre area is practically unnavigable for people walking or on bikes. The bridge will provide a safe, traffic free route for people, giving them more choice in how they travel around this area. It’s a gamechanger in that it is the final piece of the jigsaw in providing a traffic free route that stretches all the way from Hendy, through Trostre and down to Delta Lakes.”
Chair of the Carmarthenshire Cycle Forum, Phil Snaith, said:
“This really is fabulous news for Llanelli. This bridge will be at the centre of a whole network of high quality walking and cycling routes linking workplaces, shops, schools, hospital and leisure. With a handful of future links to follow Llanelli will have a cycle network even the Dutch would be proud of! A massive thank you to Lee Waters as Deputy Transport Minister for enabling schemes such as this to happen and the County Council for following our vision and more. Our campaign “Give us 5miles” to get Llanelli a cycle network to be proud of is almost there”.