Sustrans pledges funding to create path links to Tay Road Bridge

New routes to schools in the Tay Bridgehead area could improve pupil safety and encourage more children to cycle and walk.

A beautiful sunset from Wormit captured by David Bowdidge

UK travel charity Sustrans has pledged funding to create paths between the Tay Road Bridge, Newport Primary School, Waterstone Crook Sports Centre and Wormit Primary School.

The group is planning a feasibility study on the options. It will also consider proposals brought forward by the North Fife Cycling group, which campaigns for safer routes.

The move has been welcomed by local Liberal Democrat councillor Jonny Tepp.

“This is excellent news,” he said. “We know being active has mental and physical health benefits.

“We also know parents and children won’t walk or cycle to school if they don’t feel safe.”

Mr Tepp said the Sustrans Safer Route to School fund provided a fantastic opportunity for Fife Council to boost healthy lifestyles — and to boost the area’s appeal to visitors. He added: “We also believe there is a real opportunity here for us to link into national cycle routes in Tay Bridgehead and enhance cycling tourism.”

A North Fife Cycling spokesman said the group was also optimistic about the feasibility study, adding: “We have been campaigning for safer cycling infrastructure and believe this route is an exciting prospect.

“We have fantastic Bikeability programmes at both of our local primary schools and we believe these routes could lead to an upsurge in local cycling.”

Sustrans Safer Routes to School funding supports developments around school catchment areas and clusters to make it easier for pupils to walk, scooter and cycle to school safely.