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Cycle path renovations complete

Published May 03, 2019 10.54am


As part of ongoing plans to make County Durham a more cycle friendly place, a historic cycle path has been given a makeover and reopened to the public.

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Dave Wafer our strategic traffic manager, Victoria Lloyd-Gent our sustainable travel officer, and Cllr Peter Brookes at the launch

We have finished renovations to the cycle path which runs alongside the A167 from Cock o the North to Merryoaks as part of our Strategic Cycling and Walking Delivery Plan 2019-2029, which looks at active travel and aims to encourage more people to cycle for everyday journeys.

The cycle path forms one of an extensive network of cycle paths originally constructed in 1936 by the Ministry of Transport, as it insisted any new major roads must include infrastructure for cycling.

To bring the path up to modern standards it has been resurfaced, signage has been improved and to make the area safer the layby has been closed off. The works have also included improving links for pedestrians to public transport by developing a larger waiting area at the bus stop and improved crossing points.

The cycle path will become part of the strategic cycling route the Great North Cycleway which will run from Blyth to Darlington when complete.

 

Improving fitness and health

Cllr Peter Brookes, our cycling champion, said: "By making cycling routes easier and safer it will encourage more people to get involved and use cycling for everyday journeys improving their overall fitness and health.

"This is our only separate cycle lane in Durham and it has a fascinating history from when it was first constructed over 80 years ago. We are hoping that these renovations will enable the path to be used for generations to come."

Postive progress

Cllr Carl Marshall, our Cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: "We are already taking action on our Strategic Cycling and Walking Delivery Plan 2019-2029 ensuring that our cycling and walking networks are safe, accessible and well maintained. We have already made such positive progress over the past few years but now it's time to really make the county known for being a walking and cycling friendly place."

 

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