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New £10,000 access point to Brownhills cycle route

Improvements to a popular green cycle route at Brownhills near Walsall have been officially opened by local MP Wendy Morton, who was joined by the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street. 

Delivered by volunteers from Sustrans and local community group Back the Track, the project has seen new steps and handrails installed to provide easy access from the Wyrley and Essington canal tow path to the McClean Way. 

The £10,000 project was made possible thanks to a grant of nearly £9,000 from Enovert Community Trust, an environmental body that provides grant funding to community improvement projects through the Landfill Communities Fund. Following the route of an abandoned railway line, the McClean Way has become a popular green route for walkers and cyclists, providing safe access for members of the local communities in and around the areas of Brownhills, Bloxwich, Clayhanger, Pelsall and Shelfield. 

Sustrans’ National Cycle Network Manager, Martyn Brunt, said: “By replacing the informal, unsafe dirt ramp with a proper access point, complete with concrete steps, handrails and a bicycle wheeling channel, this project has dramatically improved the safety and ease with which members of the local community who walk and cycle can access the McClean Way. 

“Our aim is to get more people using sustainable forms of transport, particularly cycling, and making pleasant, safe, green routes like the McClean Way more accessible will enable a more diverse range of people to access and enjoy the path. We have already received a very positive reaction from members of the local community.” 

Angela Haymonds, Trust Secretary of Enovert Community Trust said: "The Trustees were delighted to offer a grant towards the community access improvements to the McClean Way. The project has dramatically improved local peoples’ ability to use sustainable modes of transport and enabled those who are older or who have young children to access a safe, green cycle route at this point.”