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Stratford-Upon-Avon’s flagship cycle and footpath, The Greenway, now has a one mile extension at Meon Vale, which is already proving popular with the public.

Running north to south through the heart of the new Meon Vale development at Long Marston, the extension cost approximately £1million to deliver and has been provided by St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, who is creating a new £multi-million mixed use community at Meon Vale.

Unveiled in tandem with the new Meon Vale Leisure Centre earlier this month, the mile-long extension is already in constant use, and being welcomed by the local community and the wider borough.

Peter Rudd, senior development surveyor at St. Modwen, explained: “Since its opening we have seen a steady stream of visitors on a daily basis jogging, cycling and walking along The Greenway.

“The extension means people can now park in the Meon Vale Leisure Centre car park and walk or cycle into Stratford-upon-Avon. Parts of the previously culverted Quinton Brook have now be opened up and run alongside the extension, providing ecological benefits as well as a more attractive environment. It’s great that people can see first-hand the transformation that is taking place here at Meon Vale with the new housing and leisure centre.”

Over 35 acres of woodland, which will be accessed via The Greenway extension, will also be opened to the public in the next six to eight weeks once all the paths and bridges have been constructed.

The Greenway has long been a popular attraction and amenity for the area and the extension route links with directly with the existing Greenway that runs to the north of Meon Vale. It follows the path of the Honeybourne line, a single track railway that linked Stratford Upon Avon to Honeybourne and on to Cheltenham and closed in 1976 after over a century of service.

Meon Vale is a former 470 acre Ministry of Defence site which St. Modwen is transforminginto a new Warwickshire community. The first phase of development is well under way and, alongside the new Greenway extension and the newly opened Meon Vale Leisure Centre, the site will include 18 apartments, a camping and caravan site, a village hall, convenience store and 284 homes in partnership with Persimmon Homes.