Closures Walking Works

Trans Pennine Trail at Brinnington to close for 5 weeks resurfacing

Part of the Trans Pennine Trail in Stockport will be closed for approximately five weeks from Monday, 28th June 2021 for resurfacing works to take place.

Update (21/10/21): This closure has now been postponed to mid-September 2021.

Update (21/10/21): The closure has now begun and is expected to last for 5 weeks. There’s currently nothing noted anywhere on the council website or social media, nor any diversion signage in place (the diversion notice below is the one to follow). Why are closures of important cycle links never treated with the same importance as roads? Even if it’s for welcome improvements, it’s not acceptable to just close major links like this without adequate warning or a clearly signposted diversion.

The section of trail marked for improvement is south of Northumberland Road and continues to where this former railway route joins the other line towards Brinnington Tunnel. It links Stockport town centre with Reddish Vale Country Park.

Diversion notice showing route via Foliage Road, Foliage Crescent, Exeter Road and Northumberland Road.
Diversion notice showing route via Foliage Road, Foliage Crescent, Exeter Road and Northumberland Road.

A diversion route has been provided taking users up onto residential roads within Brinnington itself. Note that the narrow route up to the road at the southern end will possibly require pushing a bike.

Along with removing overgrown vegetation, works will include resurfacing with new stone and — hurrah — Flexipave on shorter sections to aid drainage.

It’s a little disappointing that Flexipave couldn’t just be used for the whole section, being as it’s such a well-used route between the town and country park, but this resurfacing is much-needed.

Having not explored that way for almost ten years, I found myself along there just last week and couldn’t believe how lumpy it felt for a major trail, the top surface clearly completely worn-out.

Flood sign on the Trans Pennine Trail near Reddish Vale, Stockport
All that way and I missed the major attraction!

Oddly, this works notice doesn’t include the section just a bit further north which has become infamous for flooding, a local attraction I sadly missed given the recent drought, though perhaps it will be sorted at some point too, you’d hope.

That part of the path is also where there are two trails. While one is explicitly signposted as a footpath only, the other, for horses and cycles, has a big set of steps, even when there’s not a flood at the top. Finding a solution to that accessibility fail seems long overdue.

Trans Pennine Trail leading cyclists and horse riders to steps at Reddish Vale
People on bikes, please use this completely unsuitable path instead.

And then there are the barriers, of course. Despite shuffling through endless a-frames, my ride along the path due to be resurfaced was interrupted by two lads screaming towards me (and several families) quite terrifyingly on off-road motorbikes.

It’s clearly a very “leaky” path, with lots of other possible routes in through the trees, but that just proves the many obnoxious barriers serve no purpose other than to discriminate against legitimate users (the only real answer to motorbike use being, as always, police enforcement).

Barriers on the Trans Pennine Trail near Brinnington Tunnel, Stockport
Even where one barriered trail joins another barriered trail… there’s a barrier. But note the nice unrestricted jump for dirt bikes on the left.

Hopefully this welcome resurfacing will be only the first improvement of the several needed to bring this useful trail up to a good standard.

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Hello, I'm Anthony. I started Peaks & Puddles to chart the ups and downs of cycling and walking the edges of the Peak District around Buxton, Macclesfield and Stockport, and to help more people explore this brilliant landscape between town and country. Find out more about me and Peaks & Puddles here.