This is an archived press release
Thursday 26 March 2009
26 March 2009
Recycled surface for popular leisure trail
The three-kilometre stretch of the former Midland railway line between Hassop Station, near Bakewell, and Little Longstone has been restored using reclaimed waste mainly from highway reconstruction and maintenance.
The Peak District National Park Authority, which owns the trail, wanted to improve this easy-access but eroded section, as it is particularly popular with young families, wheelchair-users and the elderly.
Derbyshire County Council provided 75 per cent funding for the £41,000 project, which was completed in time for the start of the busy summer season.
Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for environmental services, councillor Brian Lucas, said: “Monsal Trail is a well used path for both local people and visitors so I’m glad that we were able to provide the funding to make the improvements.”
Geoff Nickolds, lead member for recreation at the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “This is a significant improvement for walkers, cyclists, riders, families and wheelchair-users on one of the most popular leisure trails in the country.
“The new surface is environmentally-friendly, its light colour suits the landscape, and we hope it enables people to enjoy the trail for many more years to come.”
The Authority employed a local main contractor, GB & BD Yates of Elton, who were helped by a firm of paving specialists. The resurfacing was done with Toptrec, produced by Tarmac at Maltby, south Yorkshire, a former winner of a National Recycling Award.
The trail was kept open for walkers throughout the works, but will be unsuitable for horses until the Easter weekend, to allow the surface to settle and harden.