Cycle route

Former pupil helps design cycle path near school as Swansea Labour continues to promote active pursuits

Swansea Labour has made it one of their priorities to create and promote cycle paths, and another one has been created by a City Council engineer helping out his old primary school.

Charlie Clenton, a former pupil at Ynystawe Primary School, has helped design a new cycle track between his old school and a neighbouring community.

His work has helped to unveil a mile-long section of cycle track near, helping to provide a vital link for pupils and residents in the community.

The new section of track has been developed as part of the Council’s ongoing Active Travel programme and links between Ynystawe and Clydach.

The latest section of cycle track is part of £350k investment in cycling and walking infrastructure in the city after the council received grant funding from the Welsh Government.

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Mr Clenton was reunited with his former primary school teacher – Sarah Williams and Head Teacher Helen Houston-Phillips, along with current school children to open the new section.

Mr Clenton said: “I left the school nearly twenty years ago and since then have been working as part of the council’s design team within transportation.

“We’ve introduced a number of new sections of cycle path across Swansea during the last year and I’m really pleased to have got the opportunity to be involved in the latest scheme near my old school.”

Helen Houston-Phillips said: “This exciting project has given our pupils and our local community the opportunity to get outdoors more, be active, and enjoy nature, all of which have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of our pupils and the community.”

Labour councillor Mark Thomas Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure, said: “We have achieved a lot in recent years using Welsh Government transport grant funding.

“A number of new cycle and walking routes have been developed, expanding our existing cycle network, ensuring cycling can increase as a healthy activity and also as an alternative mode of transport.”

Other schemes already completed in Swansea include a widening scheme of the popular promenade cycle track near Sketty Lane.

Cllr Thomas added: “We are continuing this important work to increase cycling infrastructure even further so that we can link up communities and be more sustainable as a city in terms of transport.”





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