In spite of the current financial limitations, the long awaited extension of NCN 672 (the Breadsall Greenway) is to go ahead within the next few weeks. The projected cost of £250,000 has been met by £150,000 from the Department of Transport and £100,000 from Sustrans, so Derbyshire Council taxpayers have no cause for complaint.
The path is currently 2.5km long and the extension from the top end of Brookside Road to Lime Lane at Morley, will add a further 1.8km to the path which will eventually connect Derby to Ilkeston, and be a direct link to the Nutbrook Trail which runs between Long Eaton and Shipley Park.
A couple of reminders here of the work being carried out when Phase 1 of the Greenway was being carried out in February 2008.
Hopefully the extension will not require so much earthmoving nor the removal of so many trees.
Although the Breadsall Greenway actually starts at the Paddock PH on Mansfield Road, some distance from Derby City Centre, there is an excellent cycle friendly linking route from Exeter Bridge, crossing the A52 trunk road at the Pentagon Island, running off road alongside to Sir Frank Whittle Way and through Racecourse Park.
We look forward to seeing men and machines on site soon.
Watch this space for further information.