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Gloucestershire County Council has agreed to fund repair work on the Sustrans National Cycle Network Route 45.

The work will see the boardwalk section near Maisemore repaired and reopened. The section includes a cycle bridge across the River Severn.

Since last year the route has been diverted close to the A417 so local cyclists will be pleased so see the original route reopen once again.

The work, which is expected to begin next year, is being funded by the county council and will be carried out by Sustrans.

Sustrans is a UK charity which aims to encourage people to walk, cycle and use public transport for the benefit of their health and the environment.

A design and schedule for the work is currently being drawn up by Sustrans.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood said, “We want to see local cyclists get back on the original track so the county council is pleased to help fund the work on the boardwalk section near Maisemore.”

Cllr Phillip Awford, local county councillor for Highnam said, “This is a popular cycle route and I’ll be delighted to see it fully reopened.”

Alistair Millington, Land Manager for England South at Sustrans said, “We’re delighted to be working with the county council to restore this route. It’s a vital lifeline for local people on foot and cycle, and an important link in the National Cycle Network. We’ll be working to get it re-opened at the earliest opportunity, and we’re very grateful for the council’s support to make that possible.”

Once the route has been reopened, Sustrans will carry out the continued maintenance of their cycle route.

In the meantime, the county council will make additional grass cuts along the diverted Sustrans cycle route to improve visibility and safety for cyclists.

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