Broughty Ferry to Monifieth Active Travel


3rd March 2021

A continuous off-road route between Dundee and Monifieth could come a step closer next week as councillors are asked to approve a number of elements of the plan.

The city development committee will consider a Stopping Up Order for Mill Street, which would remove it from the List of Public Roads, as well as path and lighting upgrades along other parts of the route and its feeder network.

Committee convener Mark Flynn said: “The whole £9m scheme is made up of a number of different elements, all of which need to come together to complete what is an ambitious and unparalleled investment in active travel in the area.

“Improved paths and street lighting, in this case between Stannergate and Douglas Terrace and the Balmossie Street to Seven Arches Link, will also demonstrate our physical commitment to ensuring that the right infrastructure is in place to support and encourage people out of their fossil fuel burning vehicles and on to more active ways of getting around.

“Closing Mill Street, while maintaining access to Broughty Ferry Beach Car Park from Esplanade provides a vehicle free connection from Windmill Gardens to Castle Green which allows the creation of a cycle/walking/running shared path all the way along the Esplanade away from vehicles.
“These developments signal a radical change to the whole face of active travel in that part of the Ferry and beyond.”

Funded by the Scottish Government through Sustrans Scotland’s Places for Everyone programme, the £9m coastal path project will provide a continuous off-road route between Dundee and Monifieth.

Central to the scheme will be the connection of Windmill Gardens to Broughty Ferry’s Castle Green and a new bridge over the Dighty on the Monifieth section. Under the proposal vehicles will be re-routed via Brook Street.

Developed by Dundee City Council in consultation with Sustrans, the Windmill Gardens link will help to create a through-route for longer-distance journeys on the National Cycle Network Route 1 and options for people in local communities who may prefer shorter walks and rides.

Meanwhile councillors will be asked to approve works worth £168,860 to upgrade the existing hardcore path with bituminous surfacing and to provide street lighting between Balmossie Street, Inchkeith Avenue and Incholm Drive. Contractors T&N Gilmartin are expected to start work in spring and finish in early summer.

Tayside Contracts have been recommended to carry out £452,613 of upgrading to street lighting on the shared cycle and pedestrian footway between Stannergate and Douglas Terrace. If councillors accept the tender work could start in June and be completed within three months.

Dundee City Council’s city development committee meets on Monday (March 8).

Dundee City Council

Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.

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