New cycle route by 2012

PUBLISHED: 08:09 14 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:49 15 June 2010

A CYCLE route from the Bristol Channel to the English Channel is hoped to be ready for the 2012 Olympics with the help of a new officer. The project officer post, to be funded by a partnership of local authorities and be based at County Hall in Exeter, i

A CYCLE route from the Bristol Channel to the English Channel is hoped to be ready for the 2012 Olympics with the help of a new officer.The project officer post, to be funded by a partnership of local authorities and be based at County Hall in Exeter, is expected to push The Stop Line Way cycle scheme forward.The Stop Line Way is not only hoped to be an attraction for visitors, particularly the likely influx of tourists for the international games, but a link for communities - including those along the River Axe from Seaton to Axminster, which is part of the National Cycle Network Two.Adrian Roper, manager of Sustrans, the civil engineer charity which will be managing the project officer position, said: "This cycle route will be unique, carrying the Stop Line history, which is part of our national heritage. Combined with the beautiful scenery and historical towns and villages along the route, I'm sure that visitors will want to return again and again."Sustrans has an excellent track record of devising routes and seeing them through to completion with successful partnerships with local authorities. The Stop Line Way is destined to be one of those great successes."Devon County Council executive member for environment Margaret Rogers pledged to give the scheme £30,000 this year and the next from county committee locality funds.She said: "This new post can give the project new prominence and will inject a fresh impetus to complete the link through Devon and Somerset.She said that as research showed areas providing green tourism opportunities could benefit greatly in future from consumers looking for more environmentally-friendly holidays, the route was sure to benefit the local economy."It will also be a great boost to the regeneration of Seaton and Axminster," she said. "It has been predicted this will become the most popular cycle route in the country, and with gentle gradients it will be family friendly.

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