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Work starts on Bath's Two Tunnels Greenway project

Campaigners welcome seeing work get under way on long-planned project

Work has finally started on the Two Tunnels project in Bath, which will provide a four-mile cycling and walking route between the city and Midford using the route of a disused railway line.

The £1.9 million project has been championed by sustainable transport charity Sustrans and local campaigners the Two Tunnels group, who are delighted that it is finally turning into reality.

Frank Thompson from Two Tunnels Group told BBC Points West: “"Like all the best projects it was dreamed up in a pub - the Raven in Bath - with nine people who thought it was a good idea."

Fellow campaigner Gitte Dawson added: “I am excited that we are finally putting the first spade in the ground. Lots of people have done a great deal of campaigning, fundraising, planning and publicising to get to this point."

The project uses the disused Devonshire and Combe Down tunnels, which once formed part of the Somerset & Dorset railway line, as part of its route, and the northern entrance to the Devonshire tunnel in Linear Park is now being cleared.

Malcolm Shepherd of Sustrans, which is provising £1 million of the cost of the project through the Big Lottery Fund as well as more than £220,000 of Cycle 2 Schools money, told the BBC: "It's a very ambitious project, but it's very popular and will be heavily used."

Further details of the project and updates on its progress can be found on the Two Tunnels Greenway website.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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