A HERITAGE walk is now ‘access all areas’ for South Tynesiders after troublesome barriers have been removed.
A series of improvements have been made to the former West Harton Mineral Line, which runs from Tyne Dock to East Boldon.
Barriers have been removed from the 3.5km path, which was once a railway line used to export coal from Westoe Colliery to the Boldons and beyond.
Coun Bill Brady, a Whiteleas ward member of South Tyneside Council, said: “The development work will definitely breathe new life back into the former mineral line track.
“Once the muddy areas have been filled in and the new grass seeded, it will be a worthy place for residents and visitors to use.”
The removal of the barriers, which have been recycled, means it is now much easier for pedestrians to use the track.
It will also enable prams, bicycles, wheelchair and mobility scooters to travel along it more freely.
Coun Anne Walsh, for the Biddick and All Saints ward, said: “The West Harton Mineral Line is a valued part of the borough’s heritage and these improvements will allow more people to use the track.
“South Tyneside has a wealth of great places to explore, and the mineral line makes for a pleasant stroll or bike ride.
“The Countryside Team has done a wonderful job that will hopefully attract more people to discover the area.”
For more information about walks in the borough, visit the ‘countryside’ section of South Tyneside Council’s website www.southtyneside.info/countryside