Work begins on the Treowen active travel route in Newtown
Work has begun on the first phase of an active travel route in Treowen, Newtown.
Identified following previous consultations on the county's Active Travel Network Maps, the route will improve walking and cycling facilities on the North side of Heol Treowen from Treowen Primary School towards Dolfor Road.
The pavement will be widened to become a shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians. This will also improve the surface of the existing path and increase safety for all users, particularly for families and pupils going to and from school. Funded by the Welsh Government, this is the first phase of a larger scheme that aims to link up to other active travel routes in the town.
"The Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 aims to make Wales a walking and cycling nation" explains Cllr Heulwen Hulme, Powys County Council Cabinet Member for Environment.
"Essentially, this means that we are endeavouring to make it possible for us to all make short journeys such as our commute to work, school or local shops, by physically active means, like walking or cycling.
"Following consultation and the development of the county's Active Travel Network Maps, it is really exciting to be able to see another active travel scheme in Newtown come to fruition."