THE first phase of works to create a safe and convenient walking and cycling route between Newton Abbot and Ogwell is nearing completion.

Dependent on the weather, the route is due to be completed within the next two weeks. These works include a new section of road and fencing beside the tennis courts in Bakers Park, which is now complete, and road improvements at Steppes Meadow.  Steppes Meadow road works are well underway, including the sub-base layer replacement for a much improved condition.  Subject to further funding and approvals, phase two will include: extending the walking, wheeling and cycling route to Beverley Way; creating a formal road crossing to link over Totnes Road into Bradley Road and, finally, creating a link into Ogwell via an off-road path into Bunting Close.

Once both phases are complete, the new route will increase opportunities for families to be active, enjoy nature and reduce their car journeys by walking or cycling.