Angus Council – Welcome Extension to the National Cycle Network in Carnoustie announced.

Angus Council is pleased to announce an upgrade to National Cycle Network Route 1 in Carnoustie. The work comprises of a 450-metre stretch of path between Barry Links and Carnoustie Golf Links practice area and is the first in a series of measures to improve sections of the National Cycle Network in Carnoustie. Section 1 is supported by funding from the Scottish Government, administered through Sustrans Scotland’s Network Development Fund, and with the support of Carnoustie Golf Links.

The work will commence on 4 September 2023 and is expected to take around five weeks. The whole scheme, agreed in principle with Sustrans Scotland for National Cycle Network Route 1 in Carnoustie, will improve access for walking, wheeling, cycling and equestrians between Barry Links and Carnoustie Train Station. The timing of subsequent phases being constructed is to be confirmed.

Section 1 comprises of a re-routing of National Cycle Network Route 1 which is currently extremely rough surface running through the storage yard just off Station Road. In addition, the current route for walking, wheeling, and cycling is shared with large vehicles tipping and/or reversing. The remainder of this section is to be resurfaced with drainage works to address flooding issues and along with section 2, will have street lighting up to Links Parade, enhancing safety and security for all users.

As part of an active travel route, the environmental aspects have been carefully considered. This aim is to recycle all materials on site, with all excavated materials existing fences, surfaces and even sign poles being repurposed either in these works or by Carnoustie Links Management. Native wildflowers will be sown on exposed ground, with the assistance of local school children.

Angus Council Communities Convener, Cllr Mark McDonald said, “As a local councillor, I am especially delighted to see the improvements to National Cycle Network Route 1 in Carnoustie and would like to thank Transport Scotland, Sustrans and Carnoustie Golf Links for supporting this scheme. Cycling is very popular in Angus with residents and tourists alike, as evidenced by the success of the recent

UCI Cycling World Championships Gran Fondo Time Trial which welcomed more than 500 competitors from around the world. We as a council want to do everything we can to enhance the cycling offer, from a tourism, environmental and health and wellbeing aspect.”