Bikers left aggrieved after well-used track resurfaced

The traffic free route between Alnmouth and Warkworth.
The traffic free route between Alnmouth and Warkworth.
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Cyclists have been left frustrated after a resurfacing job has left a popular track ‘skiddy and unsuitable’, it has been claimed.

Earlier in the summer, the route from Hipsburn to Warkworth was reopened with a hard, asphalt surface, proving a hit with riders.

However, a new Fibredec surface was added to the track last week, to the dismay of bike riders.

Now, Coun Heather Cairns and Coun Gordon Castle, ward members for Alnwick, are looking into the issue.

Coun Cairns said: “The cyclists were very complimentary about the track when it was a hard surface, but then this new surface was added, making it skiddy and not suitable for riding bikes.

“The stretch is a footpath and a cycle track and I think the mistake here is trying to be all things to all people.”

A county council spokeswoman said: “This is both a cycle way and part of the national St Oswald’s Way walk.

“As part of the design process, various partners were consulted, including Sustrans and Northumberland Coast AONB. The AONB stipulated that a surface other than asphalt should be used.

“Fibredec was considered to be the most appropriate material given the location and site constraints. The new surface needs time to stabilise and temporary loose chipping warning signs have been erected. Once it has dried out and bedded in, it will be swept of loose chippings and cyclists will experience a much improved surface. ”

Iain Robson, of the AONB, said: “We did suggest that a buff surface would provide a more aesthetically pleasing finish for a countryside route such as this, looking less urban than the asphalt. We didn’t object to the hard surface or advocate Fibredec.”