MP hopeful votes with his feet for local cycling and walking route - The Rugby Observer

MP hopeful votes with his feet for local cycling and walking route

Rugby Editorial 27th Apr, 2024   0

VOTING with his feet – a candidate for Rugby’s parliamentary seat has joined the town’s current MP to endorse a local cycling and walking route.

Coun Yousef Dahmash and Mark Pawsey met with Rob Ash and Martin Philpott from walking, wheeling and cycling charity Sustrans on route 53 to discuss the importance of off-road routes.

Route 53 opened in 2013 and links communities in the north and west of Rugby to workplaces, schools, the town centre and the railway station.

The route makes use of part of the old Midland Counties railway route between Rugby and Leicester, and brought a grade II listed arch viaduct which had been disused since 1965 back into use.

Coun Dahmash, who will stand as Conservative candidate in the next election in place of the retiring Mr Pawsey, said: “Our national cycle and walking routes are incredibly important. They connect communities, keep people active and healthy and ease pressure on our roads which in turn can help cut pollution.

“I always look forward to the spring and summer when I can go out with my family and enjoy Rugby’s walking and cycling routes. My children especially love the Great Central Walk, but there are many great routes to choose from locally.

“I would encourage everyone to make use of the cycling and walking routes around the town – the moment we get some respite from the rain!”

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