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Wheels set in motion for new cycle track

16th March 2005

A new cycle track linking Abbots Langley and Bedmond is one step closer to completion.

The track, funded in partnership between Hertfordshire County Council and Three Rivers District Council, was originally agreed in 1999; construction is now due to start on 14 March lasting 12-16 weeks. Residents will be able to enjoy a dedicated and well-lit track, which forms links with the National Cycle Network.

The 10-minute route will run from Bedmond Village to Popes Road in Abbots Langley, via Bedmond Road and Abbots Langley High Street and on to Gallows Hill Lane where it joins with the existing cycle route through to South Way and Leavesden.

The new track is designed to encourage safe cycling, and reduce car dependency.

Councillor Martin Trevett, Environment Portfolio holder, said:

"This new track will be a valuable addition to the cycle network in Three Rivers. We would encourage all residents to take up cycling as a healthy and safe activity, and an alternative to car travel."

He added:

"Three Rivers District Council is committed to making the district a safe and healthy place in which to live and work, and this scheme is just one of the ways we are delivering on this. By working in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council on the new track we have been able to provide a valuable local service."

Hertfordshire County Councillor Derrick Ashley, Executive Member for Environment said:

"I'm sure local residents will get a great deal of benefit from the new cycle track once it's complete. If we want to encourage people to leave their car behind, it's important to offer them a safe alternative. This new track will do exactly that."

Plans of the scheme are available for inspection in Abbots Langley Library, Abbots Langley Parish Council offices, and at Three Rivers House, Rickmansworth. For more information about the scheme, residents can contact Steve Farrell on 01923 727 036.