Newtongrange railway station gets cycling boost

Loanhead to Lasswade cycle path
Loanhead to Lasswade cycle path

Cycling and walking in Midlothian are about to get even more enjoyable thanks to a funding boost of £215,000 from Sustrans Scotland.

In particular, Newtongrange is set to benefit thanks to planned improvements in road safety for people accessing the new railway station.

The project will see toucan crossings (for pedestrians and cyclists) put in place across the Main Street in Newtongrange and the A7. The footpath will also be widened from the junction to the new Newtongrange Railway Station entrance.

The project is going ahead thanks to £65,000 from Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links programme, with match funding being provided by Midlothian Council.

Tom Bishop, Sustrans’ Community Links coordinator, said: “Sustrans Scotland is delighted to announce that we will be directing funding into this project in Midlothian.

“We received a great number of applications to our Community Links programme and have worked hard to carefully select those of the highest quality to fund.

“The project in Newtongrange will provide both those who live in and visit the area with excellent facilities for travelling to and from the railway station on foot and by bike.”

A Midlothian Council spokesman said: “This funding boost is great news for the county. Cycling is one of the most affordable, environmentally-friendly, and healthiest ways of travelling, which is why we are committed to encouraging as many people as possible to get on their bike.”

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