Economy receives boost from County's investment in cycleway

PUBLISHED: 12:09 13 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:51 15 June 2010

DEVON County Council's £5 million investment in cycle routes will aim to stimulate the local economy by putting the county on the map as a premier destination for cycle tourism.

DEVON County Council's £5 million investment in cycle routes will aim to stimulate the local economy by putting the county on the map as a premier destination for cycle tourism.The money from the Investing In Devon fund, generated by the sale of Exeter Airport, will not only add to more than 1,000km of designated cycleway in Devon but will also build on the County Council's efforts for Devon to become England's greenest county.The funding will be used to develop commuter and recreational routes, many of which will attract visitors for short cycling breaks. Among the major schemes that will benefit from the funding is the Stop Line Way along the Axe Estuary, which follows the historic World War Two defences from Burnham-on-Sea to Seaton. The Stop Line Way will receive £1.8 million with the aim of having the route substantially completed in time for the 2012 Olympics. The first phase of the Seaton to Colyford section has already been constructed and a planning application has been submitted for a crossing under the A35, creating a traffic free link between Axminster and Kilmington. Councillor Margaret Rogers, Devon County Council Executive Member for Environment, said: "This is a substantial investment that will create a legacy for people in Devon. The county already offers extensive cycling routes and these schemes can reinforce our reputation as the place to visit to enjoy miles of scenic cycling.


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