Council asks for your views on upgrading walking and cycling routes (From St Albans & Harpenden Review)
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St Albans District Council asks for your views on upgrading walking and cycling routes
Residents and businesses are being asked to have their say on plans to upgrade existing walking and cycling routes to form a Green Ring round St Albans.
St Albans District Council is working with Hertfordshire County Council on the £1.1 million project to develop a continuous route of approximately nine kilometres circling the city centre.
The route will extend from Townsend in the north to Fleetville in the east, Sopwell in the south and into Verulam Estate to the west, and will consist primarily of existing cycling and walking routes that are being upgraded.
There have been previous consultations on the concept of a Green Ring around St Albans City centre.
The current consultation will be on proposals relating to specific elements of the Green Ring, namely a section near Morrisons supermarket, a section through Bernards Heath, and a section linking Everlasting Lane and St Albans City Hospital.
Councillor Beric Read, portfolio holder for community engagement and localism at the council, said: "The aim of the Green Ring is to make cycling and walking a sensible first choice for journeys within the city where previously a car will have been used.
"This will help reduce congestion and pollution while giving people an easy way to exercise and keep fit.
"The council wants to hear from residents and local businesses with their views on the proposals. We will use feedback from the consultation to help shape the final alignment and design of the route."
The Green Ring will connect green spaces with local schools, places of worship, heritage sites, retail centres and the city’s two railway stations.
The route is being developed using money from a successful bid to the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF). Additional contributions are being made by the District Council and Hertfordshire County Council.
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