THE WALKING and cycling experience around Woodloes Park in Warwick is having an upgrade.
Work to improve the condition of the pedestrian and cycle paths in the area, as well as improve their connectivity to other local routes, is under way.
Ground works are well under way to widen the footpath between the A429 Coventry Road and Scar Bank Bridge – a route that runs parallel to the Grand Union Canal – following the completion of a similar scheme in St Nicholas Park over the summer.
This scheme will widen the existing path to a width of three metres, converting it to a shared footpath and cycle track and creating a new active travel link from the existing shared use footway/cycleway behind Woodloes Primary School to the A429 Coventry Road.
The Coventry Road is set for active travel improvements in 2023.
The Woodloes improvements are listed as a programmed route within Warwickshire’s Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan and form part of a programme of new cycling schemes being developed by Warwickshire County Council (WCC) to help more people to make local journeys by bicycle and improve air quality, reduce carbon emissions, and cut congestion.
The scheme has been funded by the Government’s ‘Getting Building Fund’ through the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP.
WCC transport spokesman Coun Wallace Redford said: “In line with our ongoing commitment to meet climate change and carbon footprint reductions, we believe this new and improved cycling, wheeling and walking route will help us achieve our vision for a cleaner county for us all to live.
“This is yet another fine example of this council staying true to its commitment to active travel. We’re not just promoting a more active travel philosophy but also providing the infrastructure to make that a reality as we strive together for a Warwickshire that is sustainable now and for future generations.”
For information about walking and cycling in Warwickshire visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/cycling/developing-warwickshires-cycle-network/3