WORK has begun to build new cycle routes in Waterlooville and Emsworth.
Contractors for Havant Borough contractors have started six weeks of work.
The scheme in Emsworth will form the northern section of a cycle route from Southleigh Road to Washington Road.
It will provide a safe route from Horndean Road to St James’ School and Emsworth Recreation Ground.
In Waterlooville, an off-road cycle route from Jubilee Avenue to Hart Plain Avenue will be created, which involves the widening of the existing footpath on the eastern side of Milton Road to a minimum width of 2.5m.
Both schemes have been given support by the Emsworth and Waterlooville Community Boards, a panels made up of residents.
The improvements are possible thanks to funding made available through the charity Sustrans, which supports developing alternative transport to the car.
Stuart Wood, transport and implementation team leader, said: ‘These sections of path not only improve links to schools for pedestrians and cyclists in the area, but will be a great benefit for all to use.
‘The majority of the funding for these projects has been provided by Sustrans and developers’ contributions.’
He added: ‘It will go a long way in realising the council’s aspirations of creating a cycle network within the borough.’