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The 10 biggest millennium projects, excluding the Dome, are at various stages of development. Some are well into the construction phase, while others are still being designed. NCE reports on their pro

1. National Cycle Network, £184M

Progress on the National Cycle Network has been so good that civil engineering charity Sustrans has upgraded its construction targets. An ambitious 4,000km of cycle ways were originally planned

for the millennium. But with more than 2,240km already complete Sustrans now

reckons that 4,800km is achievable.

The NCN was the first project to win Millennium Commission grant, and was awarded £43.5M in September 1995. It is also supported by more than 400 local authorities and funds from initiatives like levies on new bicycles and the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme.

When complete the NCN is forecast to be used for more than 100M journeys a year. In line with the government's planned integrated transport White Paper, cycle links to 275 railway stations within 1km of the network are being investigated. Sustrans hopes this will allow users to reach recreational parts of the routes without needing a car, as well as facilitating travel to work, school or the shops.

The NCN has the added attraction of its artwork. Public art and sculptures by around 30 artists, schools and community groups is being scattered along the cycle routes around the country. The latest pieces are two 7m high stainless steel surveying instruments in Consett.


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