Funding announced for two new cycleways

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A new cycleway linking parts of Bury separated by the A14 is to be built thanks to funding announced by the Department for Transport.

There is also good news for Mildenhall with an upgrade to a bridleway which will provide a safe cycle link between West Row and the town.

The DfT grant is £1.65million and Suffolk County Council is supplying a further £550,000.

The Bury scheme will provide a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the A14 between Northgate Avenue and Thingoe Hill which will improve access to the town centre, railway station and schools and means cyclists can avoid travelling along the Fornham Road.

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said: “Suffolk County Council is committed to making sustainable travel a more appealing and viable option for people to use on a daily basis and these schemes will very much benefit pedestrians and cyclists.

So we’re delighted to have secured such a large sum of money to support two projects in Suffolk.

“Now we have secured the funding we’ll be able to progress both projects which we hope to have delivered by the wend of the year.”

The funding is part of a £20million Government grant to areas of England to improve safety and schemes were chosen with support from transport charity Sustrans.Suffolk submitted its bid last October.

The county will still need to acquire plannng permission for the bridge.