Work to improve Meon Valley Trail progressing well

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WORK to improve a country trail used by walkers, cyclists and horse-riders is on track to finish this summer.

The upgrade to the 10-mile long Meon Valley Trail, which runs from Wickham to West Meon, started on Monday.

The trail is almost entirely off-road. It follows a disused railway line and needed an upgrade due to overgrown trees, collapsed banks and deep mud.

Improvements are being carried out by Hampshire County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority.

Joint cycling project officer David Deane said: ‘Most of the tree clearance is already completed but now we need to sort out the surface, drainage and access which involves removing the muddy surface, changing the profile of the path so that rainwater runs away and making it easier for people to join and leave the trail.

‘Sections of the route will need to be closed whilst this is done but will be well signed.

‘By early summer we’ll also have signage to help people navigate the trail, find out more about places of interest and visit local shops and businesses.’

Stay up to date with its progress at hants.gov.uk/meonvalleytrail or follow the project on Twitter @TheMVT.