Rugby cycleway project given green light thanks to £50,000 grant

Cllr Lisa Parker.
Cllr Lisa Parker.

An ambitious plan to improve the stretch of Rugby’s Great Central Way between the Pytchley and Hillmorton bridges can go ahead thanks to a generous grant.

The Veolia Environmental Trust has awarded Rugby Borough Council a grant of £52,248 to help fund improvements to drainage and surfacing along the cycleway and path, which often floods and becomes impassible.

The historic Great Central railway line is now a linear nature reserve linking Rugby town centre with other residential areas and the countryside and when it floods, people looking for alternative routes disturb wildlife such as frogs.

Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for the environment and public realm, Cllr Lisa Parker, said: “This project promises to bring great environmental benefits to Rugby.

“The new footpath and cycleway means a flood prone section of the Great Central Way can once again be enjoyed by walkers and cyclists. The project also offers extra protection to the wide variety of wildlife which has made the Great Central Way’s woodland, wetlands and grasslands home.

The grant is one of 25 awarded by the trust’s board to community and environmental projects across England.

Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, added: “It is clear that this project will make a real difference to people looking to enjoy cycling and walking in the area around Rugby and I look forward to hearing about work starting.”