The creation of a high quality, inclusive and segregated active travel route alongside a main artery to/from Dundee city centre has taken another step forward.
After initial consultation on a preferred route linking the heart of the city to the Kingsway via Lochee, further engagement on the three sections of how the corridor might look is underway.
Mark Flynn convener of the city development committee said: “We have seen the importance of, and are committed to, a continuous network to/from communities and the city centre that is easy to find, safe and supported by the Green Circular and other quiet routes.
“This next phase of consultation and discussion will bring into sharper focus exactly how we can engage all stakeholders to help us make it simple for people to use active travel to come into the centre from communities in the north of the city.”
Described as an “active freeway” the concept aims to encourage people to make their journeys by walking, wheeling and cycling by providing active travel infrastructure on high-demand travel routes.
The preferred route for the active freeway is from Bell Street car park, via Lochee Road to Coupar Angus Road at its junction with Lochee High Street. Beyond this point, an alternative solution is proposed, with Liff Road identified as the preferred route to the Kingsway, and with proposals for a quiet street design along this section.
Kevin Cordell the council’s cycling spokesperson added: “The active freeway along the Lochee Road/Coupar Angus Road corridor will not only make a substantial contribution to the city’s health and wellbeing, it would help to achieve our wider climate commitments and further improve local air quality.”
Further technical design work and traffic modelling will be required to confirm the feasibility and deliverability of the proposals, informed by engagement with local people at key stages of the design process.
Funding of £72,479 for the consultation work surrounding the creation of the Lochee active freeway came from TACTRAN and Dundee City Council.