Helensburgh – Dumbarton Cycleway


The saga of this project to connect Helensburgh with Dumbarton for cyclists and pedestrians continues with no end in sight. There are three stages; 

Dumbarton – Cardross
Cardross – Moss Road Helensburgh
Hermitage Academy – Helensburgh town centre

The stretch of the cycleway between Moss Road on Helensburgh outskirts to Morrison’s supermarket has been completed. 

The only stretch of cycleway over which the Community Council can bring direct influence to bear is the stretch from Morrison’s supermarket to the town centre. We are in active discussion with Argyll & Bute Council to examine the implications and decide on a course of action.

Helensburgh Community Council’s Involvement

Helensburgh Community Council remains supportive of all cycling/walking initiatives and have been supportive of Cardross Community Council’s efforts to resolve their area of involvement in the cycleway. 

Having the supermarket and the Academy in close proximity increases the possibility of numbers of pupils and shoppers taking advantage of the cycleway to promote the growing emphasis on the environment and healthy living.

Current Status

The December 2020 meeting of the Helensburgh & Lomond Area Committee was given an update on the cycleway situation which indicated a timeline of action on the Helensburgh section of the project, as follows;

Community Consultation/Route Identification 2nd Qtr 2021/22 – 4th Qtr 2021/22
Route Design     2nd Qtr 2022/23 – 2nd Qtr 2023/24
Land Access  2nd Qtr 2023/24 – 3rd Qtr 2024/25
Construction Phase 1  2nd Qtr 2025/26 - 4th Qtr 2025/26
Construction Phase 2   3rd Qtr 2026/27 – 4th Qtr 2026/27

Funding for the project has come from a variety of sources; 

  • Sustrans (a UK walking/cycling charity)
  • Strathclyde Partnership Transport
  • Residual funding from the Helensburgh & Lomond Cycleway project
  • Waitrose Section 75 Agreement
  • ABC Strategic Transportation budget.

All funding is awarded on an annual basis and re-application is required each year.

Scottish Government Active Travel funding, the Places for Everyone programme (administered by SUSTRANS) requires significant community engagement as a core element of the development of all projects.

How You Can Help

The funding conditions rely on the views of the community as a core element in proceeding with this section of the project. Your input to the short survey is therefore vital to the future direction of the cycleway from Morrisons supermarket to the town centre. Click here to answer a short 5 question survey.

Thank you. 

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