A contract worth over £600,000 has been awarded to complete a cycle path in Bury.
The Woolfold Gap project will complete a missing link in the Kirklees Trail providing an off-road route from Greenmount, Tottington, Woolfold and Brandlesholme to Bury town centre.
Much of the trail follows what was the railway line from Bury to Holcombe Brook.
The Kirklees Trail is a 2.5 km shared use path for walkers, cyclists and horseriders.
Councillor Dorothy Gunther, cabinet member for environment and transport at Bury Council, said: “This project has been planned for many years and, with Lottery funding, it’s finally about to become a reality.”
The work is expected to take most of 2011 and will be carried out in two main phases.
The scheme forms part of Sustrans’ Connect2 programme. Sustrans is a sustainable transport charity.
Connect2 was awarded £50m by the Big Lottery Fund in 2007, following a public vote. Part of this grant is being used to fund the project in Bury, alongside funding from Bury Council and Persimmon Homes.
The £654,291 contract has been awarded to Graham.