Oct 2021 – Lichfield, Staffordshire.

Work has begun on a new greenway linking Lichfield with the existing path that runs from Brownhills to Walsall, the McClean Way. This path stops at the A5, as to the north of here the track remains in situ. However, this does mean that the bridge over the M6 Toll remains in place, which otherwise would have been a major obstacle to an extension towards Lichfield. The city’s District Council has commissioned the charity Sustrans to complete a feasibility study on a route for walkers and cyclists along the mothballed section of the old South Staffordshire line. Engineers have visited the site to identify possible access points to link with communities and facilities along the route, including the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals restoration project. Designs are now being drawn up for the greenway, which will feature a minimum three-metre-wide surface and include elements such as a new play space and seating areas along the way. Cllr. Doug Pullen, leader of Lichfield District Council, said: ‘To have an old railway line fenced off and unused is such a shame, and so bringing it back as a greenway for the good of all our local communities would be a real achievement.’ (Lichfield Live; Tim Kitchen)