A two-lane bridge to be built over a dangerous level crossing in Cannock Chase used weekly by thousands of cyclists could be up by January, it has emerged. Network Rail says work will be under way within weeks.
Last night, planners at Cannock Chase gave their unanimous approval to the construction at Moors Gorse, off Marquis Drive.
Paul Sumner, from Network Rail, told them it was hoped to have the bridge in place in time for a fell walking event in January. "It's a tight squeeze and I don't know if it will be possible but that would be the aim."
The bridge, with a lane for horses and another for pedestrians and cyclists, is believed to cost £3 million.
There has been a dramatic rise in the number of cyclists using the crossing after a 15-mile mountain bike trail through the forest was set up.