SeaPath is designed for people of all ages and abilities. As a shared walking and cycling path, it is a community facility to be enjoyed by everyone, whether on foot, bike, scooter, wheelchair, pushchair, or skateboard.
The look and feel will be similar to other walking and cycling facilities adjacent to motorway routes, such as the shared paths alongside the North-Western Motorway (SH16) and South-Western Motorway (SH20). Wherever possible, it will make the most of the views and connection to existing natural features such as Tuff Crater.
The path will acknowledge and respect the existing environment. Some design compromises will be needed, such as sections where the path narrows, to minimise impacts to the marine environment, protected trees and cliffs, ecology, and areas of cultural significance.
Since consultation in 2016, we have undertaken further investigation to better understand the geographical and technical challenges of planning and constructing the path. Some of the design challenges include:
- Tidal marine environment and sea level rise
- An adjacent busy motorway
- Steep gradients
- Protected trees and wildlife
- Areas of cultural significance
- Interface with local roads.
An option under consideration is staging the construction of SeaPath, starting with the northern (Esmonde Road) section of the route. In the interim, across the southern section, we can connect to and optimise the area’s existing cycle network. Staging SeaPath’s construction means we can deliver a high-quality facility within the current budget and improve access earlier, rather than waiting for the route to be delivered in its entirety.
Utilising the existing cycle network makes best use of the currently available budget and allows for upgrades to existing cycling routes to create a well-connected community facility.