It has come to our notice after studying both Sustrans and Open Street maps, that numbers of the NCN Routes on the ground in the Etwall area differ from those on the maps.
This is the result of stretches of new routes being built piecemeal over the years.
Before the construction of the path from Sutton Lane Bridge to Egginton Junction Bridge, Route 54 ran up Sutton Lane, through Etwall village and on road to Egginton village.
When the disused railway route was constructed this was also designated as Route 54 so we had a bifurcated route.
Subsequently Route 549 came into being and this started from Egginton Junction Bridge heading towards Uttoxeter via Hilton and Sudbury.
The aforementioned maps show Route 549 starting from the gate on the East side of Sutton Lane Bridge, going beneath A50 trunk road and turning right at Egginton Junction Bridge.
This is a far more logical way to number these routes, so we are proposing to change the signing to agree with the maps.
This leaves a short length of the A5132 road alongside the Airport currently identified as Route 54, which is neither Route 54 nor Route 549. We suggest that this be marked as "To Route 54" in one direction and "To Route 549" in the opposite direction.
Simplifying the change means that Route 54 goes over Sutton Lane Bridge (ie as is) and hence through Etwall village then on-road to Egginton village, whilst Route 549 goes beneath the bridge, onwards to Old Station Close and passes beneath the A50 trunk road.
The re-numbering of the off road section of the Mickleover Greenway between the A516 underpass, (adjacent Sutton Lane Bridge), and Egginton Junction Bridge (A5132 road) is now complete.