Video: New cycle and footpath opened linking train station to community

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A new £2 million cycle and footpath between Sheffield Train Station and Norfolk Park has been officially opened.

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Coun Peter Rippon, cut the ribbon to open the £2 million Green Link cycle route at a special event at the Cholera Monument in South Street Park yesterday.

MP Paul Blomfield leads cyclists down the new path

MP Paul Blomfield leads cyclists down the new path

The new route is the second phase of work to expand Sheaf Valley Park. The first phase involved the creation of South Street Open Space - the new park and amphitheatre between the station and Park Hill - plus landscaping around Park Hill flats and the first steps in planting a new arboretum.

Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield was among those who attended along with local councillors.

He said: “One of the things I am excited about is that we have this reputation for all this green space that we have in Sheffield but sometimes it’s a little unbalanced, so I think it is great that we have put this investment into this space behind the station and created a wonderful new resource there.

Coun Pat Midgley, who represents the Manor Castle ward, added: “What we are doing is linking all the green spaces together around the city centre.

“You can now walk in the green spaces from here right the way out to the Derbyshire hills and I do not think there is any city in this land where you can do that.”

After the opening a procession of cyclists, politicians and residents, accompanied by Dronfield Genquip Band and local majorettes made its way down the new route to the amphitheatre to join the annual Sheaf Valley Festival.