Daventry District Councillors have approved funding for a new cycleway and footpath to provide a safe link between Braunston and Daventry.
The £730,000 scheme is set to run from the Middlemore housing estate down to the canal towpath at the western entrance of the Braunston Tunnel.
At the Full Council meeting last night (Thursday, 25 July), Members agreed to fund the project using contributions from local housing developers, subject to planning permission being granted.
Linking to the existing surfaced cycleway running along the former railway line, the route would provide cyclists and pedestrians with a safe route from Eastern Way in Daventry all the way to Braunston.
The extension to Braunston would start at Farnborough Drive and run from about 1km behind homes in Brampton Grange Drive and then across fields to the canal. This avoids drainage and safety issues that would arise from continuing the path along the route of the former railway line, as well as the need to clear vegetation.
Daventry District Council also hopes to reach an agreement with the Canal & River Trust to carry out improvement works on the towpath near the tunnel entrance, to improve its suitability for walking and cycling.
Councillor David James, Economic, Regeneration and Employment Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council, said: “The creation of a safe link from Daventry to Braunston is a long-term ambition of the Council, so it’s very pleasing to be able to commit these funds towards achieving that, subject to planning considerations.”