Work on digging up the old section of road from the hairpin bend to the Ridgeway is progressing well, and the council’s natural environment team is working with the engineers to get the curved alignment and restoration of this key section right.
This section of the old A354 is being narrowed to provide farm access and for the cycleway/footpath.
A series of gentle sweeping curves are being put into the alignment so it minimises the landscape and visual impacts while providing a practical and scenic route.
A central grass strip, with a chalk subsoil, will be sown with chalk downland grass and wildflower seed.
Areas of existing dense scrub will be scrapped away in places so more interesting wildflower banks can establish, and it is hoped that the new grassed banks and verges will not only provide great locations to enjoy picnics and open views but also new areas for wildlife to take hold and thrive.
The Image above shows the very early stages of marking out the curved alignments.