A £7.4MILLION project which will put Newton Abbot, Bovey Tracey and Moretonhampstead firmly on the cycling map has been backed by Government.
It is hoped the ambitious plans to improve cycling routes across Dartmoor, which have been backed with a £4.4 million grant from the Government, will bring in an extra £6 million to the economy and create 100 new jobs. The project, led by Devon County Council and Dartmoor National Park, will improve and complete a number of trails.
The grant will help fund improved signing and interpretation and a flexible, cycle-friendly taxi scheme and cycle hub with bike storage at Newton Abbot rail station. The scheme includes completion of the Wray Valley Trail between Bovey Tracey and Moretonhampstead with the creation of a new bridge over the A38 for a commuting and leisure route between Newton Abbot and Bovey Tracey. It includes upgrading existing routes on Dartmoor and developing a route from Exeter to Dartmoor via Haldon Forest Park.
Funding of £3million will also come from the county council, Teignbridge District Council and other authorities. Cllr Stuart Hughes, county councillor for highways, said: "By investing in high-quality off-road facilities, all visitors and local communities will benefit, as well as cyclists."
Ken Robertson, from Paignton who is vice president of the 300-strong Mid Devon Cycling Club and a member of the Teignbridge Cycling Forum, said the A38 bridge near Drumbridges was a top priority for the forum.