Dear Editor, The improvements to Harborne cycle/walkway are so dramatic that we have all been delighted. However, we do need to remember the history and the struggle involved and remember that it is still not complete.
It was opened by the Chairman of the Manpower Services Commission, as a walkway, in December 1981. From the beginning, it lacked a substantial surface to prevent it from turning into a mudway in many sections.
In the 1990s, when I turned from car to bicycle, I tried to use it as a commuter route from Halesowen to Hockley and back each day but the mud and puddles made it impossible.
Over the years, I have seen other cycle facilities improved. I felt these were nice but not really necessary when upgrading of the existing commuter cycle/walkways – like the Harborne Line and the two miles through Woodgate Valley Country Park – should have a much higher priority.
After all these years of asking and pleading, I am not exactly thrilled with the 200-metre section of mudway; not satisfied with the gravel surface instead of tarmac and I am upset by the destruction of the cycle tunnel on the route.
After nearly 30 years, the city council has still not completed the job on the Harborne Line Cycle/Walkway it started in 1981.
It is still more of a walkway than a cycleway. The struggle continues!
Hunnington Cres Halesowen