Stirling Council unveils plans to ‘revolutionise’ active travel

PLANS have been unveiled to ‘revolutionise’ travel by foot and bike in neighbourhoods south of Stirling city centre.

The Stirling Council project is being backed by £150,000 in Scottish Government funding via the Sustrans’ places for everyone programme.

It will look to make the entirety of Kings Park, part of Braehead and Torbrex, and a ‘small area’ of Mercat Cross leading from Craigs roundabout to the city’s bus station easier and ‘more attractive’ for people of all abilities to cycle and walk.

Active travel routes would be created to the University of Stirling and Forth Valley College; as well as future ideas for routes to Cambusbarron, and the Carse villages; links to the Kerse Road and Forthside redevelopments; and paths to Bannockburn, the new developments at Durieshill, south Stirling gateway and on to Falkirk.

Convenor of Stirling Council’s environment and housing committee, councillor Jim Thomson, said, “From previous conversations with communities over the past few years, we know of improvements that they want to see realised, such as better access to Kings Park, especially at the double mini roundabouts; a stop to rat running on Linden Avenue, and a new crossing further down St Ninian’s Road.

“Through City Centre South we will work with residents to make positive changes for everyday travel in these neighbourhoods.”

The local authority has launched a consultation to gather the opinions of residents on the proposals. It can be accessed by clicking here.