Rail trail extension nearing completion

The second stage of the Bright to Wandiligong extension of the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail is nearing completion.

Asphalt was laid last week (starting 10 May) as a part of the $160,000 second stage which stretches along Coronation Avenue from Deacon Avenue to Mystic Park. The overall project, consisting of four stages, will link Bright and Wandiligong via a six kilometre shared path and will cost $580,000.

The path features a smooth asphalt surface suitable for cycling, walking/running and rollerblading. This work follows on from the recent re-sealing of the rail trail between Myrtleford and Stoney Creek Road, Gapsted.

Manager Engineering and Assets Services Andrew Taylor said both works would increase cyclist and pedestrian safety.

“The final result will be a pleasant and safe track from Bright to Wandiligong,” he said.

“The trail is a great asset to our community and something locals and tourists will appreciate.”

Former North East Victoria Cycle Tourism Officer Clayton Neil said the trail offered users a diverse experience.

“The Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail is Australia’s premier rail trail,” he said

“The cycling experience in the Alpine Shire is of international standard. The trail connects many small communities together that offer activities for people of all ages. Because cyclists move slower, they spend more time in these communities and enjoy many of the experiences on offer. This provides substantial economic benefits to these communities."

Acting Mayor Daryl Pearce said the trail had raised the shire’s profile.

“Cycling is one of the most popular activities and has become a major tourism driver for the Alpine Shire,” he said.

“The rail trail offers cyclists of all ages and standards to ride for long distances safely. This extension is an important value adding project for the Alpine Shire. It has become an asset both for the local community and tourists.”

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