New lanes in Coalville to encourage cyclists and ease congestion

The first phase of a £2m project to improve the cycle network in a Leicestershire market town has been completed.

About nine miles (15km) of track will be built in Coalville by the end of 2013.

It is part of a county council scheme to encourage people to cycle to work and to ease congestion in the town.

The project has been funded by the government's Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

Martin O' Connor, from the council's highways department, said: "Coalville is an important market town and we've worked with local businesses to put together a bid to government.

"It is important that we make the most of the money and spend it efficiently to encourage more people to use the cycle lanes."

The authority said work had been carried out near the Birchtree roundabout, by Bardon Hill industrial estate, and along the A511 Stephenson Way.

Work on the scheme will pause at the end of November to minimise disruption to Christmas shoppers.

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