THE first phase of construction of a shared use cycleway along Burton Road from Kirkbie Kendal School to Asda in Kendal has begun. 

The three-metre wide cycleway will be available to use by cyclists, pedestrians, and wheelchair users. 

The second phase of works, beginning in April 2018, will further extend the cycleway from Asda to the railway bridge at Natland.

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Cumbria County Council is carrying out the work on behalf of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership with funding from central government.

The aim of the project is to enhance Kendal’s infrastructure and make the town more accessible for more people. 

With 60 per cent of all journeys that start or end in Kendal being made wholly within the town, it is also hoped that enhancing cycling infrastructure will encourage people to use their bikes rather than their cars - which will reduce congestion and improve air quality, as well as promoting an active and healthier lifestyle.

A large number of daffodil bulbs discovered during the initial construction works have been replanted in the nearby Kendal Leisure Centre. 
Works are expected to be completed next month.