A message has been received from Sustrans concerning work to be carried out on the cycle path near Bishopthorpe:
I am writing to inform you of works which will be occurring from on Trans Pennine Trail/National Cycle Network Route 65 between Sim Balk Lane and the Solar System Way (the Sun!). Working with National Highways, Sustrans are using funding from the Department for Transport to make this section of traffic-free route more accessible to a wider range of users and to create a more comfortable journey for all.
In recent years, roots of nearby trees have damaged the existing track making it particularly uncomfortable for cyclists, wheelchair and mobility scooter users and those with pushchairs and prams. The project will look to resurface the existing path and where possible widen it by cutting back encroaching vegetation. The path will also be realigned around the bend at Sim Balk Lane overbridge to improve sightlines. Preliminary works to remove the trees causing damage to the track took place earlier in the year. Resurfacing work is scheduled to begin on 25th April and is expected to take around 5 weeks. During this time a closure will be in place and we are currently looking in to signposting a diversion.
We understand that this is a well-used section of the National Cycle Network and apologise for any inconvenience caused but know that this short-term disruption will ensure that the greenway is made more accessible to all legitimate users and that improvements made will benefit users for many years to come.
This work is being carried out as a part of our “Paths for Everyone” vision which looks to create a more inclusive National Cycle Network to make active travel more accessible to people of all ages and abilities.
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