May 14 2012

Cycling and walking trail improvements unveiled

Extensive improvement works that will make walking and cycling safer in the borough was unveiled last month

A launch event to present the latest section of Belmont trail that has been transformed was held, and welcomes local residents and school children who have been key to the transformation. The route has seen major improvements to make it even safer, and to increase walking and cycling in Harrow.

Over the last three years cycling and walking in the area has been made more accessible with a new off road cycle track, shared cycle and pedestrian paths, and sign posts identifying the trail all along the route. The latest works centre around the Belmont Trail underpass by Belmont Circle. Graffiti and rubbish has been cleared, and poor drainage and flooding issues have been addressed. Flowers and shrubs have been planted to screen homes to the east of the trail, and to encourage and promote local wildlife in the area.

Harrow Transportation team arranged for Harrow Arts Centre staff, St Joseph’s School and other community groups to create a mural for the Kenton Lane underpass. This will hopefully encourage children and their families to walk to school.

The St Joseph’s school entrance that backs onto the trail has been moved which will improve safety for parents dropping their children off at school, giving them better sight lines and a safer waiting area.

Councillor Phillip O’Dell, portfolio holder for environment and community safety said: “I am delighted to see the improvements made to the Belmont Trail. It is a wonderful example of a project involving people from across the community. I hope that the improvements will encourage more people to cycle and walk the route and that they will feel safer when doing this.”

Source: Harrow Council

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