Bike wheels keep on turnin’
Funding from Gloucestershire County Council has meant that a popular cycle path near Maisemore has been repaired and reopened.
Following flooding in 2016 damage meant that the route had to be diverted close to the A417.
The county council made funding available to help make the repairs to the boardwalk and this has been carried out by Sustrans.
Sustrans is a UK charity which aims to encourage people to walk, cycle and use public transport for the benefit of their health and the environment.
The boardwalk forms part of the National Cycle Network route 45, which is a vital commuter route for people traveling between Gloucester and communities to the north-west in and around Maisemore.
Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “This is a really popular route with both cyclists and walkers so I’m really pleased we’ve been able to help fund the work on the boardwalk section near Maisemore.
“It's an important link in the National Cycle Network and it’s great that we’ve been able to get the pathway fully reopened in time for the summer holidays.”
Cllr Phillip Awford, local county councillor for Highnam said, "This is most welcome news. The route is really valued by locals and the wider community, including cycle groups.
“I’m delighted to see it fully reopened. Hopefully it’ll encourage some more people to take up cycling and improve their own health and wellbeing.”
Alistair Millington from Sustrans said: “We are delighted to have collaborated with Gloucestershire County Council to have reopened the boardwalk for route 45 at Maisemore.
“It’s a difficult location to construct and maintain a path but we are all agreed it’s important to maintain a safe cycle link for the people living in Maisemore and north-west Gloucester.”
Sustrans will continue to carry out the maintenance of the cycle route.