PUPILS from Hartburn Primary School and Preston Primary School have celebrated the opening of a new cycling and walking route between Hartburn and Eaglescliffe (Thursday 6 October).
The new 1.5mile route, constructed by Highway Construction Services in partnership with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, connects Darlington Road in Hartburn to Preston Park in Eaglescliffe.
To officially launch the route, pupils from the two schools rode the route from opposite ends and met in the middle for a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Councillor Nigel Cooke, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport.
Councillor Cooke said: “This is an important new link in the cycle network and it provides a direct and safe walking and cycling route between the west of Stockton to the Preston Park and Eaglescliffe area.
“It also links of course to the rest of the cycle network which really enhances the opportunity for people to get on their bikes or walk to wherever they are going. The pupils from the two schools seem to have really enjoyed cycling along the route so I hope that many more people do the same over the years to come.”
Neil Mitchell, Sustrans’ Head of Delivery for England North, said: “This is a short but vital link which allows children and their parents to cycle or walk safely to school and leisure facilities. Stockton is already a focal point for cycling with our popular cycle hub on Bridge Road.
“This new route not only connects to the National Cycle Network but also completes a north/south greenway linking Ingleby Barwick and Preston Park through central Stockton and further north to Hardwick and North Tees Hospital. This link will help more people to get on their bikes for both everyday journeys and leisure.”
The route was funded through Sustrans, a charity that enables people to travel by foot, bike or public transport, Links to Communities budget and through the Council’s Local Transport Plan funding allocation.