New path for pedestrians and cyclists will link areas

East Dunbartonshire is going to be streets ahead thanks to fresh investment aimed at encouraging people to walk, cycle and use public transport.

The district will benefit from £590,000 of funding from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport’s Capital Programme and Budget for 2014/15, secured by the council.

SPT will be working in partnership with the council to deliver three projects in the area, including spending £150,000 enhancing the walking and cycling off-road network.

This will see the construction of a three metre wide off-street shared path for pedestrians and cyclists linking Lenzie to Bishopbriggs.

There are two sections - Lenzie to Westerhill Road and Westerhill Road to Park Road.

Meanwhile, £100,000 will be ploughed into bus infrastructure improvements and £340,000 on the A81 route corridor improvements in Milngavie and Bearsden.

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of the development and regeneration committee and also East Dunbartonshire’s representative on SPT, welcomed the boost.

He said: “The funding from SPT is extremely good news. The council is committed to maximising external support to reduce our requirements to commit additional capital, which is separate from our revenue budget and the challenges we face in that area.”