A NEW cycling initiative linking Llanfyllin and Oswestry has been launched.
The Powys Cycle Network aims to link the two communities along the former railway that runs across the Cain and Tanat Valleys, with the potential expansion into the Vyrnwy Valley.
Revealing the Powys project, Shan Mayor, said those behind it hope to increase tourism and health benefits, while bringing both communities together.
She said: “We need to look at how much of the old railway track we could use. I know a lot of that old railway track is being used for housing now but we need to establish which route is best and would like to have the support of communities along it.”
The team now hope to meet with residents to identify the proposed route with a meeting planned for September 2, before contacting community councils along that route.
This will culminate in a submission for funding in February 2016 as part of the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013. The Act is looking to create a comprehensive network of routes that will link workplaces and educational establishments to benefit health, leisure and other services.
Llanfyllin town councillor Diana Dunn said: “It is a good cycling area and it is good for tourism.”
Meanwhile, plans to create a new cycle and footpath in Oswestry have taken a major step forward.
The proposal for a section of Oswestry’s disused railway aims to breathe new life into the 900-metre stretch.
It was revealed by Shropshire Council last week and would see the renovation of the Cambrian Heritage Railway Line between Coney Green and Middleton Road.
Similar plans have been in the offing for a number of years and were boosted by the Government’s Department for Transport Local Sustainable Transport Fund which awarded Shropshire Council £5 million in 2011.
The route would be specifically for non-motorised vehicles and planning permission is expected by September 9.