Former Nottinghamshire railway lines to become rural paths

Clipstone Colliery
Image caption One of the rail lines used to serve Clipstone Colliery in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire County Council is planning to turn four disused railway lines into routes for walkers and cyclists.

The authority is buying the lines from Network Rail for about £80,000.

The project will cost the council around £1.7m which it hoped to fund from external sources.

The council said the new paths would create better links between recreational attractions and other countryside routes across the county.

The rail lines used to serve Bilsthorpe, Cotgrave, Calverton and Clipstone coal mines.

Councillor John Cottee, from Nottinghamshire County Council, said: "The new routes will bring an economic boost by attracting more tourists to the county."

He added the routes would also encourage people to walk or cycle when making short journeys.

The four routes will provide links between Nottingham, and surrounding towns, with forest and woodland sites in the north of Nottinghamshire.

Safe crossing routes will also be created over the A614, A60 and A52.

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