Change of route to improve safety at school

Route change: The section of cycle path alongside the academy's playing fields is to be closed off and diverted via Marine Avenue to improve safety and security at the school and maintain access to the sports centre.
Route change: The section of cycle path alongside the academy's playing fields is to be closed off and diverted via Marine Avenue to improve safety and security at the school and maintain access to the sports centre.

A section of cycle path network is to be closed off and diverted to improve safety and security at Montrose Academy.

The move, which was considered by councillors this week, has been prompted by the development of the new sports centre and swimming pool on Marine Avenue.

Currently, the cycle track follows a route beside the school’s playing fields to the north of the school at Academy Square, providing a direct connection to the new centre.

Alan McKeown, Angus Council’s communities director, however, has said that moving the track to follow the line of the footpath on Marine Avenue would improve safety for pupils and cyclists.

He said: “The recent redevelopment of the Montrose Sports Centre and nearby Montrose Academy campus requires alterations to the existing cycle track provision in this vicinity in order to improve cycle access to the new sports centre and to improve security for the school playing fields and the Montrose Academy campus generally.

“The section of existing cycle track from Academy Square leading eastwards to the sports centre is to be stopped up and gates erected to restrict use of this access for school campus traffic only.

“In order to replace this facility, a new purpose-built section of cycle track is to be formed along the north and east boundaries of the playing fields adjacent to Montrose Academy. Further, it is proposed to concert that section of existing footway of Academy Square adjacent to the west boundary of the playing fields to cycle track.

“This will provide a continuous cycle track provision between Academy Square and the new sports centre.”

Mr McKeown added that the costs of diverting the cycle path can be met from funding provided for within the sports centre replacement project.

He added: “In the interest of pedestrian and cyclists’ safety and free traffic flow, the promotion of Traffic Orders to convert a section of footway to cycle track and stop up a section of existing cycle track is proposed.”

The cycle path’s closure is the latest measure to make the academy campus self-contained. Several years ago the square between the original building and the school’s extension was closed off to through pedestrian traffic.