Hereford & Worcester

Worcestershire section of National Cycle Network opens

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Image caption With funding the route is intended one day to run to Tewkesbury

A new section of the National Cycle Network has opened in Worcestershire.

The seven-mile cycle path runs from Evesham to Beckford.

Around £6,000 has been spent on the project by Worcestershire County Council, the Highways Agency and the sustainable transport charity Sustrans.

Henry Harbord, area manager for Sustrans, said: "We were very pleased to secure funding from the Highways Agency for the development of this route - it's a national first."

The new route incorporates the Saltway bridleway, which has had its surface and drainage improved to allow for use by cyclists.

Councillor John Smith OBE, from Worcestershire County Council said: "This project is another example of how we are trying to make things even easier for residents to start to, or rediscover, the many benefits that taking to two wheels can offer."

There are plans for the route to continue to Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire.

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