A POPULAR traffic-free route to Quarr Abbey has been resurfaced, making it more suitable for wheelchair users, cyclists and pedestrians.
In partnership with Island Roads, the council spent over £130,000 secured from the government's Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) to upgrade the stone and gravel route between Fishbourne Lane and Quarr Road, Binstead.
The improvements were part of an overall project to create a safe, traffic-free and well surfaced route that is popular with both residents and visitors to the Island, according to an Isle of Wight Council spokesman.
Executive member for economy and tourism Cllr Shirley Smart said: "I am delighted these excellent improvements have been carried out, which means the route can be enjoyed by so many people including walkers, cyclists and horse riders."
The new cement-bound base has been overlaid with a surface chosen to be in keeping with the rural setting, while care was taken in its construction not to disrupt ongoing work at Quarr Abbey, which is undergoing its own refurbishment, the council said.
"I am very pleased to see this latest shared route finished and it is a testament to the hard work done by officers," said executive member for sustainability, environment and public realm Cllr Luisa Hillard.
The Isle of Wight Council said its latest funding bid under the government's next round of LSTF money had been accepted, while it waits until autumn to find out just how much its nearly-£1m bid it will receive.