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2000km of cycleway in place for Rugby World Cup

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

Wellington, June 1 NZPA - More than 2000km of the national cycleway should be completed in time for the Rugby World Cup next year.

The $50 million cycleway project, which came out of the Job Summit held last year, is to be a series of cycle tracks linked throughout the country.

Prime Minister John Key said 107km had been completed -- 98km on Department of Conservation land and 9km on the Waikato River Track.

The Government expected 2000km of track to be ready by October 2011.

Thirteen cycle trail applicants have provided feasibility reports which could see another 20 trails under construction by the end of next year.

Those applicants have been told to maximise the use of Ministry of Social Development employment schemes.

Mr Key expected those 20 trails could create jobs for 500 people, although he said that figure was "ambitious".

"The real benefit is the long term jobs created by tourism opportunities such as accommodation, cycle guiding."

Seventy jobs had been created during the construction of the first 107km.

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