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Cycle path tunnel lights to be turned off to help bats

Posted 26 January 2010
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Cycle path tunnel lights to be turned off to help bats
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Cyclists keen to explore the countryside surrounding Bath in the evenings may be wise to head to their nearest bicycle shop and stock up on lights now that it has been revealed that the lights of two old railway tunnels are to be switched off for four hours a night.

Over the next couple of years, around £1.9 million is to be invested in revamping the four-mile Two Tunnels Greenway route to the south of the historic city.

Central to the scheme is the opening of the Combe Down Tunnel - as well as the shorter Devonshire Tunnel - to cyclists and, while the council is keen for them to be kept open at night, a new report has revealed that they will not be lit up all the time, so as to protect the resident bats.

According to the Bath Chronicle, the lights in the tunnel will be switched off for four hours a night, in line with the guidelines set out by the government agency Natural England, with cycling charity SusTrans confident that the path's popularity with walkers, as well as cyclists, will help reduce the risk of anti-social behaviour.

As well as taking in the greenery of Oldfield Park and Lyncombe Vale, the new path will also go past some of the region's best-loved historic homes, including Midford Castle, which was until recently one of the homes of the Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage.

At the same time, SusTrans is calling on residents of Weymouth and Portland to submit designs for a new bridge linking the two towns.

Posted by Elaine Arthur ADNFCR-2803-ID-19578796-ADNFCR