Work on Rail Trail link underway

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Construction of an off road link to connect Lincoln to the Little River Rail Trail has begun.

The 45km Rail Trail runs from Shands Road in Hornby, via Prebbleton, Lincoln, Greenpark, Motukarara, Kaituna, Birdlings Flat, and Catons Bay to Little River.

A new shared cycleway and pathway will link Lincoln to the existing Rail Trail at Ellesmere Road.

The link will be developed in two stages with the first stage running from Liffey Springs Park to the Lincoln Stormwater Wetland.

This stage is now under construction by Selwyn District Council with a new pedestrian and cyclist bridge over the L2 River at Liffey Springs Park recently developed to link to existing pathways around the wetlands. A new water crossing point will also be added at the wetlands.

“The new bridge and pathways will provide a mainly off-road route which allows cyclists to avoid having to use a busy section of road along Edward Street and Ellesmere Road south and will provide a safer and more enjoyable cycling experience,” council’s transportation asset manager Andrew Mazey said. “It also provides access across the river for residents in the neighbouring subdivisions to the wetlands area for recreation.”