Exhibition reveals cycle route plans

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A public exhibition to provide more details about an extension to the Crab and Winkle Way walking and cycling route in Whitstable takes place this week.

It’s jointly organised by the city council and the Crab and Winkle Line Trust and will set out the plans for the extension of the route on the old railway embankment to the north of Invicta Way, including landscaping, screening and lighting.

The project already has planning permission and construction will start on the first phase, on the embankment from Invicta Way to Old Bridge Road, later this year using £150,000 of developer funding.

It is part of a wider scheme to provide an attractive, traffic-free route for walking and cycling between Invicta Way and the harbour, which is listed in the council’s Transport Strategy.

The Trust will also be exhibiting their proposals for two bridges that will be required to complete the route to the harbour. These are over Old Bridge Road and the railway, and over Teynham Road.

Although planning permission was granted for these in 2011, this has now lapsed and the Trust has commissioned designs for much slimmer bridges to better complement their setting.

Chairman of the council’s Regeneration and Property Committee, Cllr Ben Fitter-Harding, said: “We’re pleased this project is nearing its start date and that we can now provide residents with the final details of what will be happening. It’s an important scheme that will encourage people to use their cars less and make it easier to get out on their bikes in their leisure time.”

The exhibition is on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June between 1pm and 5pm at St Peter’s Hall in Cromwell Road.

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