MAJOR work to create a new cycle path in Uttoxeter to encourage people to get back on their bikes is on route to being completed, council chiefs have revealed.
Staffordshire County Council has been working on a safer cycling route through the town on the A518 Derby Road in a bid to make the town safer for cyclists.
The A518 Derby Road scheme was chosen from thousands nominated for funding from the £20 million Cycle Safety Fund, set up following a campaign by The Times newspaper for safer cycling.
Simon Tagg, the council’s cabinet support member for transport and Connected County, told The Advertiser the work was now well on track to being completed as scheduled.
He said: “We are very keen to get more people cycling and using sustainable transport in Staffordshire which is better for the environment and can help people lead healthier lifestyles.
“The new route is great news for local cyclists and should help encourage more people to get on their bikes and allow them to commute safely to and from work.
“Encouraging more people to visit Uttoxeter will also help support the local economy and drive prosperity.
“The majority of the work is now complete and Staffordshire County Council is looking to complete the route as soon as possible.”
The Department for Transport, in partnership with the transport charity Sustrans, selected the scheme in the town for its positive impact on safety.
The £190,000 programme has been awarded £95,000 and is match-funded by the county council.
The scheme was also backed by Uttoxeter MP Andrew Griffiths and Uttoxeter Town Council, which had been campaigning for the a safer route for cyclists into the town from the Derby Road junction of the A50 for some time.
The route will link into the National Cycle Network.
Work started on the scheme back in October last year and developers were told they must have it substantially completed by December.
It was revealed in April last year that Transport Minister Norman Baker had announced that £40 million would be pumped into schemes to improve dangerous routes and junctions across the UK – and that included £190,000 for the Uttoxeter scheme.