Plan of cycle paths for a disused railway line

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PLANS have been revealed to use a disused railway line as a new pedestrian and cycle route between Portskewett and Caldicot.

Walking and cycling charity Sustrans, in conjunction with Monmouthshire Council, has presented plans to develop a shared-use path linking Caldicot town centre, Portskewett, Castle and Country Park and other existing routes.

The former Ministry of Defense railway linked an army base north of Crick to the mainline railway near Caldicot.

Following the closure of Caerwent Base as a US military installation, the site – now owned by Monmouthshire Council – remained untouched for almost 30 years.

The proposed route could potentially provide connections to the National Cycle Network (NCN) route and Crick Village, with additional sections to be submitted in planning applications.

A diagram showing the proposed route. Photo: Monmouthshire Council/Sustrans Cymru

A design and access statement indicates that it is proposed to construct a 1.2 kilometer route on the bed of the existing track, with a width of four meters, except for a short section where this will be reduced due to land ownership constraints.

The path will connect the communities of Portskewett and Caldicot and provide a route from the Crick Road housing development project to Caldicot town centre.

“The proposed shared use path will provide a safe and attractive active travel route between key Caldicot and Portskewett destination points,” reads a design and access statement.

“The existing site is neglected and subject to littering and anti-social behaviour.

“By developing the site and inviting access to the local community, we can ensure that the long-term management of the site is secure.”

The site is home to a range of wildlife and plans aim to ensure biodiversity is maintained and enhanced, the statement said.

A total of 47 trees would be lost under the program, with a planting program to replace them proposed.

Three ramped access points are also offered on the route, providing connections to Caldicot Road and the Crick Road housing site.

The project aims to encourage “a modal shift from car journeys to walking and cycling”, with the scheme helping to provide “a viable alternative to car journeys for daily commuting in and around Caldicot”.

Monmouthshire Council will assess the plans in the coming months.

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