Cyclists in Chesterfield are riding high after Derbyshire County Council (DCC) announced a £1m extension to the town’s cycle network.
The new trail will link Chesterfield railway station to the rest of the town, opening up more of the area to leisure and commuter cyclists as well as pedestrians.
Part of the half-mile route follows the former Brampton branch line, creating a connection with the town’s railway history.
DCC’s deputy leader and cabinet member for highways and transport Councillor Simon Spencer said: “This is a major project which will bring many benefits to Chesterfield.
“Not only will it help commuters going to and from the station, it will increase the number of leisure cyclists in the area and provide a safe route for walkers.”
The new trail will form part of the Chesterfield Cycle Network - a long-term project to link shopping areas, hospitals, schools, the train and bus station, Market Square and main residential areas in the town.
The new trail runs from the train station to Ravenside Retail Park and into the existing Hipper Valley Trail south of Hipper Street South. This then extends the trail to Queen’s Park cricket ground.
The county council is contributing £512,000 for the plan which includes building two new bridges, one across the A632 and another across Lordsmill Street.
The new bike path is due to be completed by early 2015.
Last year the council installed a new cycle lane alongside the A61 in Chesterfield northbound between Tesco’s and Whittington Moor roundabouts.