Cycle path link bridge between Plymouth and Tavistock is open
THE off-road gap between Plymouth and Tavistock has finally been bridged with the opening of a "centrepiece link".
The £2.1 million Gem Bridge, which crosses the Walkham Valley, has been officially opened by Devon County Council Chairman Councillor, Jerry Brook, and links the two communities through a cycling and walking route.
The bridge was the final link in the chain of Drake's Trail, developed by Devon County Council.
The completion of the 350-metre long thoroughfare follows the refurbishment of Grenofen Tunnel and helps Devon to forge links with France as the trail is part of Cycle West, an "inspiring" project which has connected cycle routes to link South West England, Brittany, and Normandy.
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Devon County Council Chairman Councillor Jerry Brook, said: "Drake's Trail is certain to become an important asset for our county's economy.
"With its connections to the continent it could generate vital opportunities for local businesses.
"We can be proud that this route is part of such an ambitious project as Cycle West's network from the South West of England into France and beyond."
Gem Bridge stands in the valley where Brunel's original viaduct was built in 1859 as part of the Plymouth to Tavistock to Launceston railway, but the viaduct was demolished in the 1960s.
Cllr Brook added: "Gem Bridge provides spectacular views across the Walkham Valley and the entire route can showcase the natural beauty of Devon and could potentially attract thousands of visitors."