Work to start on link path

The Great Northern Greenway
The Great Northern Greenway

Work is set to start soon on the second phase of an all-weather path linking Derby and Ilkeston.

The greenway follows a former railway line and the first 2.5km section from Derby to Breadsall was opened by Derbyshire County Council in 2009.

And planning permission has now been granted to build the next 1.8km section between Brookside Road to Lime Lane, Morley this autumn.

The work will cost about £250,000 with £100,000 coming from Sustrans and £150,000 from the county council.

Cllr Andy Botham, deputy cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said: “We are grateful to Sustrans in supporting this exciting project and once complete it will allow people even more opportunities to get out and about in Derbyshire’s beautiful countryside.

“The greenway is open to walkers, runners, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users to enjoy the area’s natural beauty as well as its industrial heritage.”

The greenway has kept plenty of its industrial heritage intact, including the preserved remains of the old railway station including the signal box, station master’s house and platforms.