More active travel routes for Newtown

More money was secured to expand Newtown’s active travel routes.

Powys County Council said it would receive additional funding to provide two active travel routes in the Treowen area and for the long-awaited cycle and pedestrian bridge.

Other parts of Newtown, such as Llanidloes Road, have already received funding and work is due to start on a new river bridge for cyclists and pedestrians between Pool Road and Lower Canal Road.

“Committed to improving facilities for residents wanting to take short walks or bike rides, the council has worked with communities to find potential active travel routes across Powys,” a statement read.

“Through engagement exercises and consultation, active travel routes that could be improved or introduced have been identified and added to the councils’ Active Travel Network (ATNM) maps.”

The Welsh Government’s latest funding for active travel will support further work on Newtown’s next two schemes.

The statement read: “Further development of active travel provision in Treowen, Newtown. In 2021/22 an active travel route has been established to improve walking and cycling access between Dolfor Road and the school Treowen Primary.

“Funding has now been granted to extend this route by constructing a path from Brimmon Lane, crossing the road past Colwyn and down the hill to Kerry Road. access for residents, but will also expand the local active travel network.

“Following a successful planning application, funding for the long-awaited Newtown Bridge has been secured. This cycle and pedestrian bridge will span the River Severn and connect the Riverside Path and Pool Road in Newtown, creating an active and safe travel link between communities, businesses and amenities on either side of the river.”

Cllr Jackie Charlton, Cabinet Member for a Greener Powys, said: “Active travel routes across the county are already making a real difference to our communities.

“By ensuring we have the facilities in place, we are working to enable everyone in Powys to make short trips such as our commute to work, school or local shops, by means physically active, such as walking or cycling.

“The Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 aims to make Wales a nation of walking and cycling and we are really delighted to have secured this final installment of funding from the Welsh Government, allowing us to start to work on the next series of active travel projects that will improve road, pedestrian and cyclist safety.

Further information and confirmation of work start dates will be released shortly.

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