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Cycle path campaigners set to link up towns
CYCLISTS in Highworth are planning to form a charitable body to raise money to build a cycle path to Swindon.
The cyclists have been leading a campaign called Highworth’s Missing Link to build a cycle path from Highworth to Swindon to enable commuters to travel safely along the busy roads.
The group first met a year ago and now they are hoping to form a charitable body to help provide funds to build it.
Deb Tremblin, 56, a founding member of the campaign group, said: “I am amazed at the cycle networks there are around Swindon, it’s really good. “But I am frustrated that there is no link between them and Highworth.
“Both of the roads that go from Highworth to Swindon are very difficult to ride, so Lew Lawton, who was the chairman of the Swindon Bicycle User Group and used to live in Highworth, called together a meeting of cyclists to see if we could campaign for a cycle path.”
A cycle path was first proposed several years ago to provide a safe route for cyclists to the town centre, and a proposed route along the old railway track was even printed on the Swindon cycle map.
But since then little has been done, despite the overwhelming support for the initiative from Highworth residents.
Deb said: “Members of the localities team went around Highworth asking what they wanted to improve and many people said they wanted a cycle path.
“We also ran a survey to see what people thought.
“All in all from the emails and the survey responses more than 100 people came forward, we were really amazed about the response.”
The group then approached cycling charity Sustrans to see how they could go about building the link between Highworth and Swindon.
Deb said: “We have spoken to Sustrans about it and really it’s about getting the funding together.
“Our next step is to become a charity so we can fundraise for it.”
Deb, who is the manager of the library resource centre at Warneford School, in Highworth, also wants to get the link set up so it is safer for students who want to cycle to school.
She said: “I want to encourage more students to cycle but the school is on such a busy main road.
“It’s so good for you and it’s so good for the environment and it doesn’t cost anything.”
To find out more about the group, visit www.facebook.com/pages/Highworths-Missing-Link.
To share your views about whether there should be a cycle path between Swindon and Highworth, complete the online survey at sauc.in/-hw_missing_link.
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