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Villages improve major travel route for cyclists

Improvement works have begun on an active travel route.

Work started on Monday to upgrade a 1.25km stretch of National Cycle Network Route 4 between Burghfield and Theale, from the southern end of Mill Road in Burghfield.

The works will include resurfacing and installing new drainage to resolve the existing surface damage and winter flooding issues.

New cycle routes set to improve travel
New cycle routes set to improve travel

Ecologists have undertaken surveys and will be supervising the project throughout to ensure the works have the least impact on the surrounding environment.

The improvement works are expected to last for four weeks and the route will be closed throughout. A diversion will be in place for pedestrians, but no alternative route is available for cyclists.

Sarah Leeming, director for south of England at Sustrans, said: "It’s brilliant to see these improvements getting underway. Upgrading this path will help to provide a viable and sustainable alternative to hopping in the car for local journeys.

The current state of the cycle route. Credit: Sustrans
The current state of the cycle route. Credit: Sustrans

"Making the route a safer and more enjoyable space means everyone passing through or visiting the area can better appreciate the benefits of being active and having access to green space all year round."

This project is part of the ongoing Paths For Everyone programme to improve the safety and accessibility of the National Cycle Network.

The project is being funded by the Department for Transport, with support from West Berkshire Council.

These improvements are the first in a series of planned developments across West Berkshire to upgrade Route 4 for pedestrians, cyclists and scooters. The additional improvements to the network near Aldermaston and Theale are expected to start in the new year.

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