You’ll never ‘tyre’ of this impressive new pathway
Resurfacing work is taking place along a stretch of cycleway using more than 8,000 recycled tyres to create a new multi-use pathway.
A section of the Nailsworth to Stroud cycleway is heavily worn and no longer fit for purpose, so this project will transform it into a popular route for cyclists, walkers and horse riders.
It is being led by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT) and is being funded by Gloucestershire County Council and Stroud District Council, with some funding from the European Regional Development Fund to carry out biodiversity improvements.
The resurfacing work on the 1.2km section from Nailsworth to South Woodchester, parallel to the Bath Road, started on Monday 23 September and will take about six to eight weeks to complete. If any sections need to be closed while work is taking place, signs will be displayed advising the public to use an alternative route.
The work is being carried out using a sustainable paving surface called Flexipave that is both flexible and able to absorb water. It will be made out of ground rubber from 8,235 recycled car tyres, stone and a binding substance to create a sustainable surfaced path. Rigorous environmental testing has been carried out on this product to ensure that no pollutants can leak from it, even under extreme pressure.
GWT will be carrying out habitat improvement works over the next two years to create glades, ponds and to promote the flora along the route. Bat boxes will also be installed to provide greater roosting opportunities.
Grove Sykes, GWT’s wild towns project officer, said: “This multi-use path provides a great route for people to pass between Stonehouse, Nailsworth and Stroud - but not just that; it’s a lovely green space which we will be enhancing to allow wildlife to flourish and make this scenic route even more picturesque and valuable for wildlife.”
Cllr Vernon Smith, Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and public rights of way, said: “This is a fantastic project and I am delighted we are working with our partners, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and Stroud District Council, to create it. It will improve a popular route with a variety of uses including cycling, walking and horse riding and it’s great to see recycled materials being used so innovatively.”
Cllr Simon Pickering, chair of Stroud District Council’s environment committee, said: “This is great partnership work involving councils and charities to upgrade this vital part of the cycle network. Resurfacing will make it easier and safer for everyone to cycle rather than drive, improving mental health, reducing obesity and addressing climate change.”
Cllr Steve Robinson, local councillor for Nailsworth, said: “This work will create a much improved facility that I’m sure will prove to be very popular. I hope it will encourage people to leave their cars at home and explore this beautiful area.”
- Photo shows (left to right) Cllr Steve Robinson, local councillor for Nailsworth, Cllr Simon Pickering, chair of Stroud District Council’s environment committee, Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and public rights of way, with a copy of the council’s new Travel by-cycle booklet, and Grove Sykes, GWT’s wild towns project officer, on the resurfaced pathway