Keelman’s Way Foot and Cycle Path Reopens After £3m Repairs by Network Rail

The picturesque Keelman’s Way foot and cycle path, a popular route for both locals and tourists alike, is set to reopen after a major project to protect the nearby railway line from erosion by the River Tyne. The path, which stretches from Wylam to Clara Vale, was closed while Network Rail invested over £3m in repairs and defensive measures, including the installation of rock armour and reinstating the slope along the river.

Colin Swinney, service director for highways and waste, said: “We’re thrilled to announce that the Keelman’s Way path is reopening, now that Network Rail has completed important work to protect the Newcastle-Carlisle line. This is a significant milestone for both the railway and the footpath, which forms an important part of the National Cycle Network, route number 141.”

The reopening of the path will undoubtedly be welcomed by cyclists and walkers, who can once again enjoy the stunning views along the south bank of the River Tyne.


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