27 Feb Work well under way to improve trails at new bike park
Remedial drainage work is now complete at the free-to-use Northampton Bike Park and contractor On Track is waiting for them to dry sufficiently before resurfacing work can take place.
Persistent rain in December and January made it necessary to close trails on the western side of the site, though those on the eastern side have remained open throughout.
On Track returned last week to begin remedial work, which involved creating new drainage measures which will help divert excess water from each of the trails.
Cllr Adam Brown, West Northamptonshire Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing, Culture and Leisure, said: “While it’s not unusual for bike parks to close trails during adverse weather conditions, we would not have anticipated the level of impact we’ve seen.
“This meant we were forced to close some trails to ensure they were protected from further damage, and our contractors returned as soon as they could to put preventative measures in place.
“We’re now at the point where that work is almost complete, and the trails will need to dry sufficiently before resurfacing can take place.
“We’re sorry to anyone who has been inconvenienced by these closures and we’re really grateful to everyone for their support and patience while we remedy the situation.”
The £750,000 facility, operated by Northamptonshire Sport, opened last September and welcomed thousands of users in its first months, before particularly wet weather hit in December.
As planned, remedial work is set to continue in the coming weeks and, depending on the weather, is anticipated to be complete by late March to early April.