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On your bike, Welshpool

Created on 24/07/2013 @ 20:26


Welshpool is set to become one of the most cycle-friendly locations in Wales after securing £118,000 to create special routes in and around the town.

The Welsh Government has confirmed that the cash has been awarded from its Safer Routes in Communities scheme following a proposal submitted by Powys County Council.

The town has become a hot bed for cyclists and the recent weather has brought them out in their droves, but it has also highlighted safety concerns on the local road network.

A consultation period will now take place, with Welshpool residents invited to have their input. The town council will also take a role in their development.

Cllr Barry Thomas, Cabinet Member responsible for Highways, said: “We have been consulting Welshpool Town Council as part of drawing up these proposals, and travel surveys have been carried out to find out what the public in Welshpool want to see as part of their cycle network. The funding has been awarded to help encourage Welshpool residents to be more active.

“These cycling and walking improvements will all contribute towards an active travel network for the town. Detailed designs are being worked on and works are due for completion by March 2014 at the latest.”

Town Clerk Robert Robinson said: “The Youth Council at the High School has helped with the early stages of this project. The works and proposals will be prepared and put on display. The Town Council is looking forward to working with Powys County Council on this project.”

Welshpool has hosted several rounds of the recent Hafren Cycling Club Time Trial summer series and has reintroduced the ‘Beat The Train’ race as a cycling event from Llanfair to Raven Square. It also hosted a Tour of Britain leg in 2011 and 2012.

PICTURE (courtesy of Ian Francis): Welshpool has become a popular spot for cyclists.

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