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Monkey Island active travel route opens


Newport City Council has opened its new active travel route at Monkey Island in Lliswerry.

The route has now been opened after the completion of works to ensure the path is fully accessible.

The new route provides a safe crossing link under the Southern Distributor Road for pedestrians and cyclists.

A new accessible ramp connects the pedestrian and cycle path on the northern side of the SDR bridge with a new path under the bridge.

This path leads off into the Lysaght Village housing estate, and from there to other commercial and residential links in Lliswerry.

The new route means that cyclists and pedestrians no longer need to use multiple road crossings to get from one side of the SDR to the other.

Councillor Roger Jeavons, deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for city services, said: “I’m pleased to announce that we have opened the new active travel route at Monkey Island.

“This fully accessible route will benefit many residents by enabling them to make more journeys within their community either on foot or by cycling.

“I’m especially pleased that it will provide safer routes to school for children living in the Lysaght Village development.

“Not only do walking and cycling improve people’s health and well-being, but they also benefit the wider city by reducing the number of cars on our roads. This is why we are working hard to increase the active travel network so that our residents have more opportunities to walk or cycle.”