YOUNG people are to take on a clean-up challenge in a bid to spruce up an old mineral line littered with rubbish and overgrown trees.
Members of the Inters Youth Club have designed a plan around what they think the line from West Harton to Boldon should look like.
The project – led by youth worker Jason Meiers – was launched after he set his club a task to come up with an activity which will benefit the community.
And after five of the group – Paige Mann, Yasmin Yhai, Sarah-Ann Seff, Sam Hope and Hannah Rolls – gave a presentation to councillors at a recent meeting of the West Shields Community Forum, they were excited to hear they had been awarded a £2,250 grant to get the project off the ground.
The money will be used for equipment, new shrubs and flowers and go towards a memorial or statue to mark the history of the line, used to take passengers between South Shields and Sunderland and also to transport coal.
Coun Ann Walsh, ward member for Biddick and All Saints, said: “I think what the girls and youth club are doing is fantastic.”
Mr Meiers added: The youth club members have worked really hard and I know they were nervous about the presentation.
“I’m really proud of the effort and enthusiasm they have put into this project.”
It is thought the project will start this autumn and go into next spring.