Improved North Sea cycle route opens

Cyclists are quick off the mark to make good use of the new coastal route (left to right) 'Paul Ince, East Lothian Council Transport Policy Officer 'Morag Haddow, Sustaining Dunbar and a member of the East Lothian Cycle Forum'Nigel Blair, Works Manager at Lafarge Cement at Dunbar'Alastair Seagroatt, member of the East Lothian Cycle Forum'Iain Reid, East Lothian Council Cycle Officer
Cyclists are quick off the mark to make good use of the new coastal route (left to right) 'Paul Ince, East Lothian Council Transport Policy Officer 'Morag Haddow, Sustaining Dunbar and a member of the East Lothian Cycle Forum'Nigel Blair, Works Manager at Lafarge Cement at Dunbar'Alastair Seagroatt, member of the East Lothian Cycle Forum'Iain Reid, East Lothian Council Cycle Officer

Walkers and cyclists can now enjoy a newly opened route south of Dunbar, thanks in large part to funding from UK charity Sustrans.

The upgraded path, which runs across land donated by Lafarge Cement UK’s Dunbar Works, is part of Route 76 of the National Cycle Network – stretching northwards from Cockburnspath to Edinburgh.

Paul Ince, senior transportation policy officer from East Lothian Council, said: “We are delighted to have helped open up this section of the North Sea Cycle Route and encourage people to make good use out of it.

“The sea views are spectacular and it’s a great way to improve your health for free.”

The project, managed by East Lothian Council, was made possible thanks to joint funding from several bodies – Sustrans, the European Community Tyne-Esk LEADER 2007-2013 Programme and East Lothian Council – plus the donation of the land from Lafarge Cement.

“This has been a great project to get involved with and we’re only too happy to be encouraging healthy lifestyles and safe cycling for the community,” adds Nigel Blair from Lafarge’s Dunbar Works.

Further routes are planned and, in due course, the council intends to develop a path closer to the coast from Longniddry to East Linton – linking the coastal settlements from Aberlady to North Berwick.