A cycleway which will travel the length of the Sankey Canal route is close to completion.
Council officials in St Helens are putting the finishing touches to the pathway through Newton-le-Willows to its Warrington boundary.
It will enable us to open up places in Haydock, Newton-le-Willows and Rainford – for both cyclists and walkers - that weren’t easy to get to in the past. I’d encourage anyone who’s able to, to go out and enjoy these much improved rural walks!Coun Seve Gomez-Aspron
The scheme will travel along the canal from Widnes to Warrington.
Workers are currently conducting final surfacing work at Newton.
A section close to Wagon Lane in Haydock, which has long been prone to flooding, is undergoing extensive work to restore culverts, ditches and silted up ponds.
The project is being funded by a Local Sustainable Grant and is due to be completed by April.
Coun Seve Gomez-Aspron, cabinet member for Environment and Neighbourhoods, said: “This is some of the most significant funding of its type that we’ve able to bring to bear on this issue.
“It will enable us to open up places in Haydock, Newton-le-Willows and Rainford – for both cyclists and walkers - that weren’t easy to get to in the past. I’d encourage anyone who’s able to, to go out and enjoy these much improved rural walks!”
The new work follows the completion earlier this year of the conversion of the former disused mineral rail line from The Dream sculpture at Sutton to Widnes.
“This is now open to residents and already very well used – along with a route along the Rainford Linear Park from Rainford Industrial Estate to Rainford Junction, sections alongside the A580 East Lancashire Road and Bold Moss Country Park.”
In all around 22 kilometres of track have been constructed over the last three years.