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New off-road route for cyclists agreed

By Herald Express  |  Posted: February 07, 2013

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A FURTHER section of off-road cycle route through Paignton has been agreed by traffic chiefs.

Work should start later this year on the latest stretch behind Preston seafront, avoiding the promenade which is busy with visitors and beach hut users in summer.

The route will be created on the seaward side of the hedge running at the back of Paignton Green, parallel with the road, as part of the National Cycle Network.

It will link in with the £140,000 section through Hollicombe Gardens down a new ramp to Preston seafront at Marine Parade on which work is underway.

Transport chiefs heard the local ward partnership had favoured the route behind the hedge rather than an alternative on-road route.

Cyclists will have to join the traffic, or dismount, between Preston and the next stretch of Eastern Esplanade as the road is not considered wide enough to have dedicated cycle facilities.

The cycle paths are being paid for through New Growth Points funding.

The cost of the new Preston section has yet to be finalised.

Ward councillor Chris Lewis welcomed the work, saying it would form part of the link between Torquay and Brixham harbours.

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