A CYCLE path has reopened to the public after major work was carried out.

Durham County Council has repaired the path which runs alongside the A167 from Cock o’ the North to Merryoaks as part of a plan to encourage more people to cycle for everyday journeys.

It forms one of an extensive network of cycle paths originally constructed in 1936 by the Ministry of Transport, as it insisted any new major roads must include infrastructure for cycling.

To bring the path up to modern standards it has been resurfaced, signage has been improved and to make the area safer the layby has been closed off.

The works have also included improving links for pedestrians to public transport by developing a larger waiting area at the bus stop and improved crossing points.

The cycle path will become part of the strategic cycling route the Great North Cycleway which will run from Blyth to Darlington when complete.

Cllr Peter Brookes, Durham County Council’s cycling champion, said: “By making cycling routes easier and safer it will encourage more people to get involved and use cycling for everyday journeys improving their overall fitness and health.”