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Kelty to Cowdenbeath Active Travel Corridor

Stage status: Preliminary design

Kelty and Cowdenbeath area are a little over 2km apart. This is an ideal distance for travel by active modes of transport such as cycling or walking. The two communities have many trip generators, such as:

  • schools
  • shops
  • transport links
  • community centres
  • leisure centres, and
  • outdoor spaces, including the nearby Lochore Meadows Country Park

In 2018, a feasibility study looked at the potential to develop an active travel corridor between Kelty and Cowdenbeath. More recently, preliminary design work has begun.

The limits of the project are from the Council boundary, north of Kelty, to the Lochgelly Road roundabout in Cowdenbeath. This can be seen on the Location Plan. The route follows the A909, so it is easily accessed from many of Kelty’s residential roads. The route also links to the Lochore Meadows access road. In Cowdenbeath, the route joins the Cowdenbeath to Lochgelly active travel corridor (B981). This is less than half a mile from the town centre. Other local paths are nearby.

The active travel corridor will comprise a new off-carriageway shared pedestrian cycle track. This replaces the existing on-road cycle lanes. The new track will be approximately 3.0m, wide with a buffer zone between the shared pedestrian/cycle track and the carriageway. At some locations, the track may narrow slightly due to local constraints. For most of the rural section, the track is on the east side of the road, but will cross to the west side in Cowdenbeath, via a new toucan crossing.

Phase 1 information

Timeline: construction start date will be late 2022/early 2023

Distance: 2km approx.

Approximate infrastructure investment: £400,000 approx

If you would like to request a copy of the pdf design drawings, or wish to comment on the project, please email: active.travel@fife.gov.uk

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