Sustainable transport charity, Sustrans has signed the paperwork enabling work to go ahead on two major schemes to provide traffic free cycle and walking routes in Southampton and Kenilworth.
Both schemes will draw on money from the Big Lottery Fund which set aside a £50m grant for Sustrans' Connect2 after a nationwide public vote last year.
Work on the £700,000 Kenilworth scheme is scheduled to start next month and will be completed in 2011 - £300,000 of the total cost will come from Sustrans' Connect2 with the rest coming from the local council.
The plan will see the transformation of the Kenilworth to Berkswell Greenway along the disused railway line, with additional links to the university campus and town centre.
Over the next five years further work throughout Kenilworth will link the railway route to the town centre, creating a traffic-free link enabling many people to walk or cycle to university, to work or the town centre - to the benefit of both their health and the environment.
The Southampton scheme is if anything more ambitious and involves building a unique boardwalk along part of the tidal River Itchen between Northam Bridge and Horseshoe Bridge. Work on the boardwalk is now planned to start in April 2009 with the opening pencilled in for October that year.
Over the next five years further work throughout the city of Southampton will link the riverside route to the city centre, creating a traffic-free link enabling thousands of people to walk or cycle to school, to work or the city centre - to the benefit of both their health and the environment.
The work in Southampton is expected to cost upwards of £1m with Sustrans' Connect2 contributing £450,000.
Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.