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Work starts on first Saints Trail at Goonhavern

Work is underway in Goonhavern on the first part of a new 17km multi-use trail between Newquay and Perranporth.

It will be the first in a network of multi-use ‘Saints Trails’ across central Cornwall aimed at increasing opportunities for cycling to work, for leisure, and to help residents lead healthy active lifestyles.

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The Saints Trails will be similar to the existing Camel and Bissoe trails, which are well-used by local residents and popular with visitors to Cornwall.

While most of the Newquay to Perranporth trail will be away from main roads, the route at Goonhavern passes through the centre of the village. Teams from Cormac are currently working on a 500m section to widen footpaths on Perranwell Road and Bridge Road, as well as installing toucan crossings near the double roundabout and park.

This short section will not only be of benefit to those using the wider Perranporth to Newquay trail, but it will also benefit residents – in particular local youngsters who currently need to cross the busy Perranwell Road and Bridge Road to get to the park.

The four Saints Trail routes will see around 30km of multi-use trails built across central Cornwall. In December the Council’s Cabinet confirmed the routes as:  

  • St Agnes to Truro 
  • Trispen to Idless 
  • St Newlyn East to Carland Cross 
  • Perranporth to Newquay 

Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet portfolio holder for transport, said: “This project is all about connecting our communities, linking with where residents live and work and joining up access to the services that people want and need.

“There are many benefits – to health, the environment and local economy. We’ve seen how popular the Camel and Bissoe trails are with tourists and we expect the Saints Trails to have a similar draw. And swapping the car for a bike helps address congestion on our roads and improve air quality.” 

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Cornwall Council is investing £2m into the trails with the majority of the funding (£17.07m) for the schemes coming from Highways England as part of its programme to provide environmental, social and economic benefits to the people, communities and businesses who live and work alongside the strategic road network. 

Highways England Senior Project Manager Hannah Sanderson said: “We’re pleased to see the works getting under way to create these multi-benefit Saints Trails.

“Our Designated Funds programme was developed so that we can invest in improvement projects like this, which go beyond traditional road building and maintenance, and have a positive impact on people and communities.

“Funding for this project will provide a significant benefit for people and businesses living alongside and nearby the A30, part of our strategic road network, and we look forward to seeing progress as the trails are developed.”