Cyclists and walkers in Stafford who use the cycleway between Castletown and Haughton will soon benefit from improvements being made to the path.
The project will include resurfacing of the cycleway, which is part of the NCN 55 (National Cycleway Network), improving access for all users and providing better drainage. Vegetation, trees and hedges along the outer edges of the entire path will also be cut back, tidied up or removed.
The renovation project on the 5km stretch is due to start in September and is expected to take around five months to complete.
Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for the Economic Growth at Staffordshire County Council, said:
This is an important piece of improvement work for one of our many popular cycling routes. As it stands, low-hanging branches and vegetation have narrowed the path, while so much traffic and weather over the years has worn the path away.
“These improvements mean the route will look its best for years to come, allowing many more people to use it while helping to attract more visitors to the area and boost our tourism economy.”
The work will be carried out in three separate sections, the first section being between Castletown to the overbridge at the sewerage works near Church Lane, Derrington. This will be followed by a short section up to Crossings Cottage at Crossing Lane Derrington and finally to the overbridge at Station Road, Haughton.
For safety reasons, sections of the existing route will be temporarily closed to the public while the work is carried out. Wherever possible, suitable diversion routes will be signposted.
The NCN 55 route runs along a disused railway line between Stafford and Newport and includes a 14 mile stretch of modern cycleway for people to enjoy.
Staffordshire has good access to the National Cycling Network (NCN) which connects with many local routes across the County. Local cycling maps for all districts are available from local libraries and you can find out more at http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk