Stanley Family Cycle – Now Free to enter – Sunday May 1st

With the Stanley Family Cycle day just a couple of weeks away, the introduction to cycling around the area has been given a boost.
The organisers and the Town Council have got together and made the event available to all by making the day a free event.
Council Chairman Joan Nicholson is looking forward to the day and hopes the people of the parish will get behind the project. “This ride is very much geared to the people in the Town and surrounding area.  The Council is putting on small events across the year that are looking to bring back even more of the community feel. This is just part of what we are doing for the Town and we hope people of all ages will get behind this and other events throughout the year.”
Centred on the town’s Oakey Park, the focus of the day will see a fabulous ride of around 6 miles showing off some great landscape and countryside on the way to Beamish. To make sure it isn’t too had on the legs, we will have a half way rest up where we can hone the bike skills with the Council’s Cycle Proficiency team.
Colin Wilkes, part of the organising team: “This is an ideal way to introduce the cycle ways around the Stanley area to a wider audience.  People still need to ‘sign up’ so we know how many to expect – although there will be a limited amount of on the day spaces available.  This is all due to the extra funding that we can offer a great day without charge.”
Along with the ride, there will be other stalls including bike protection marking by the local police, and also some advice on healthy lifestyle.
The event, on Sunday 1st May, will be an opportunity to see some of the best of the countryside around the Stanley area and will also publicise the planned opening of a new link route from the C2C route into Stanley town centre.
For more information, please see the facebook page: Stanley Family Cycle

Shield Row Station to re-open in 2022

Tobyn Hughes, Chief Executive of Nexus has announced that the Tyne & Wear Metro will reach Stanley by 2022.  In a statement issued yesterday, he stated that Nexus had reached an agreement with Sustrans and the North East Combined Authority that would see a new line being created across former North Eastern Railway lines that would link Washington, Chester, Beamish and Shield Row with the existing Metro line which terminates at South Hylton.

Mr Hughes said “It has always been our goal to extend the Metro into County Durham and thanks to Stanley Town Council’s investment of £1 billion into stations and infrastructure that is now possible”.

Cyclists who currently use the Sustrans route have been advised to try the A693 instead, which is apparently just as nice.