Work on a £440,000 cycleway to improve safety and encourage more people on their bikes will start early next week from Stow-cum-Quy to Lode.

The 1.9km long and 2.5m wide shared footpath will be built next to the highway and will improve safer access for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.

On Monday (24 July) work will start to provide an off-road link from Stow-cum-Quy to Lode and Anglesey Abbey which has been encouraged by local people and businesses, particularly Lode Parish Council and Anglesey Abbey.

Most of the work will be carried out in the land next to the carriageway, however, there will be times during the scheme where two-way traffic lights will be used to make sure the work is done as quickly and safely as possible. These lights will be in place between 7.30am and 4.30pm. Drivers are asked to allow extra time for their journeys.

The work is expected to last around four months and businesses in the area will be open as normal.

Cllr Ian Bates, chairman of the County Council’s Economy and Environment committee, said: “I welcome the new cycleway and path which will not only bring better cycling facilities but also improve access to local sites, such as Anglesey Abbey, and employment. We also hope it will help cut down on congestion by encouraging people to walk and cycle.”

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