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New £800,000 cycle path opens to Stansted airport

New £800,000 cycle path opens to Stansted airport Credit: ITV News Anglia

Highways England has spent £800,000 improving a cycle path which links Bishop's Stortford to Stansted Airport carrying cyclists safely over the busy M11.

It means anyone cycling to and from the airport can avoid having to use the main multi-lane roundabout to get to there.

The project includes new signs as well as some resurfacing work and adding extra barriers and fences.

The cost of the upgrade was part of an £11 million improvement scheme for the M11.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

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£500,000 boost as Tour of Britain rides into Essex

The Essex economy could be line for a £500,000 boost as crowds flocked to watch some of the world's best cyclists in Tendring on Thursday.

Clacton hosted the Time Trial stage of the Tour of Britain, with the pictures being beamed to viewers across the world.

The stage was won by Dutch rider Lars Boom who completed the 10-mile route in 19 minutes and two seconds - around six seconds faster than his nearest competitor.

Essex cyclist Alex Dowsett: Once in a career moment

Maldon cyclist Alex Dowsett says he's "super excited" about the Tour of Britain time trial. Speaking before the stage he said he would have lots of friends there to watch him race.

The stage is taking place in his home county, which he describes as a "once in a career moment".

The Movistar rider will be hoping to put on a show having missed out on selection for the Tour de France. This could be one of the last outings for Dowsett with the Spanish teams and is switching to Katusha next season.

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