County Councillor for Whitwick, Leon Spence, has welcomed plans to construct a new cycling route in the village.
The route, which is being paid for from central government 'sustainable transport' funding, will run from Stephenson Way to Hall Lane, predominantly following the route of the disused mineral railway line and alongside Coalville Rugby Club, and will connect up with other cycle routes in the area.
Councillor Spence said 'Whitwick has benefitted significantly from improvements to the cycle network. In the current economic climate the changes have been controversial amongst local people but will undoubtedly be good for the long term future of the village, and hopefully for our health.
'Whilst the new route, along the old mineral line, has been used by walkers for many years it is great news that it will be widened and surfaced to allow cyclists access. The route will be fantastic for both leisure cyclists who want to link up with the wider cycling network and those who want to use more environmentally friendly ways of getting to work in Coalville.'
The scheme is subject to final approval with construction work likely to take place within the next 3 to 4 months.