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Pedal Peak ll – Moving up a Gear Newsletter December 2014

General Pedal Peak Project Headlines:

Little Don Link

Phase 1 linking Dunford Bridge with Penistone is nearly complete with the surfacing of the former Woodhead railway line. Phase 2 is underway to upgrade the surface of the route linking Upper Don Trail to Langsett Gateway. Phase 3 beyond Langsett is in the design stage and will involve making use of a long disused railway bridge under the A616. For more on the Little Don Link: contact project officer mike.gibson@barnsley.gov.uk

Staffordshire Moorlands Link

5.5km of towpath improvements have been completed along the Caldon Canal between A53 Stockton Brook and Hazelhurst Locks nr Denford. The Department for Transport has just released an additional grant of £1.5m to allow Staffordshire County Council to complete the remaining 6.6km of towpath improvements through to Cheddleton and Leek. For more on the Staffordshire Moorlands Link: highways@staffordshire.gov.uk

Hope Valley Link

Phase 1 completed - 2.5km new route built between Hathersage and Bamford. Sustrans have been carrying out a local consultation on options for Phase ll between Bamford and Hope and the results should be available soon. For more on the Hope Valley Link: www.derbyshire.gov.uk/pedalpeak

White Peak Loop

The results of the public consultation for the extension of the Monsal Trail between Bakewell and Matlock are available on the County Council’s website. Two planning applications have now been submitted to the County Council for Phase l between Matlock and Old Road, Darley Dale (reference CD3/1214/119) and Phase 3 between Church Road, Churchtown and Harrison Way, Northwood (reference CD3/1214/122) with further applications due to follow soon. A consultation to build a short shared cycle/pedestrian route on the A6 near the Arc Leisure Centre, Matlock to provide a valuable additional link into the White Peak Loop for Matlock residents is complete and the scheme is planned for delivery starting at the end of January. For more on the White Peak Loop: www.derbyshire.gov.uk/pedalpeak

Cycle Friendly Places Grant

11 grants have been awarded so far to the value of £61,000 to support projects to benefit cycling provision to the value of £192,000 with a further 20 enquiries being dealt with. Most enquirers are looking for safe locking places and support for helping ‘cyclists welcome’ scheme i.e. having locks and tools available for them to use free of charge. Interest has come from café owners, Post Offices, pubs, outdoor centres, B&Bs as well as the local Cheddleton Railway. For more on the Cycle Friendly Places Grant or to make an enquiry go to: http://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/cycle/peak-district-cycle-friendly-places-fund