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Welcoming the opening of a new 86-mile cycleway in Surrey today, the government's countryside and landscape adviser...
Welcoming the opening of a new 86-mile cycleway in Surrey today, the government's countryside and landscape adviser, the Countryside Commission, has hailed it as an example for other highway authorities to follow. The commission's own expertise steered the way for the partnership which has given birth to the new facility.

The Surrey Cycleway, is a product of the Countryside Commission's national traffic partnership with Surrey CC under the county's STAR countryside traffic project. STAR - Strategic Action in Rural Areas - has now attracted £40,000 Sports Council backing from National Lottery funds.

Set up in 1993 in an effort to combat rural traffic growth forecasts, the project involves innovative traffic schemes for the whole countryside community and covers schools, residential areas and businesses; cars, bikes, trains and buses.

The commission has now agreed to back STAR through to 1999 in the form of both cash and rural transport research.

Ken Robertson, the commission's transport officer, said:

'The future of rural traffic is about positively managing roads in the countryside for all its users; for its life, leisure and livelihood.

'We are delighted with the Lottery funding for cycling. With our new backing and Surrey's bold professional commitment, STAR will help communities to do more to use and protect their countryside in the face of growing traffic pressures.'

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