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Anybody got any info about when Bourne brook pathway is gonna be opening at harborne lane entrance in selly Oak?..seems to be taking ages..!

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Yeah it's taken far too long..just wanna know why the public have had a lack of information about hold ups..surely in these days of social media somebody can keep us up to date..!!!!!..I know weather has certainly held them up to be fair but this task was supposed to be finished last autumn..!!!!!!!..

I just wish there was somebody in the powers that be could inform us all about when the work will be concluded..either on a notice board on site or on social media..!..at moment it's asking the building guys and one said at end of month to re-open..!

The fence was down at the western end this evening so I took a chance and hoped I would be able to get onto Harborne Road. That fence was also down fortunately but I was disappointed to see no information or a diversion map, no new bridge, no new access point and a surface that is far from finished. I don't know why BCR team would say reopening is imminent and why the planned improvements don't appear to be taking place. Very poor.

I tried cycling on this pathway this morning and it's all fenced off again..supposed to be finished last October..!!..maybe this October coming at this rate..!!!!..no notice on update..!!..I agree with you that this is very poor..!..I wonder if any councillors know anything..?

Fully open again last night although care needed in places as there  is a lot of loose gravel on the path.

No sign of the new path and bridge nor any plant left on site so looks like those plans may have been abandoned 

Rode along that way today.  Disappointed by the lack of the new entrance, the narrow path down the back of the Shell garage is a bit rubbish.

Even worse was the state of the path - apart from a couple of hundred metres of lovely new tarmac, it's an exciting mixture of different grades of loose gravel.  I was on my hybrid with 40mm Marathons, and the front wheel started to wander in several places (the coarser stuff at the Selly Oak end is obvious, the sandier stuff under the trees is likely to take you by surprise).  You shouldn't need a mountain bike and off-roading skills to use cycle infrastructure safely!

Indeed, the only other path users I encountered were a couple of youths with a motorcycle (who had evidently done a better job with the Silly Sustrans Gates™ than I did with my laden panniers), and a suspicious looking man emerging from the bushes with a handbag.

While we're on the subject, as I reached from the eastern end of the route by the roundabout on the bypass, I saw a couple of characters rapidly remove three of the bollards preventing motor vehicle access to the hardstanding area, and a several of vans and caravans with Irish registrations descend on the site.  I assume this means the travellers are back and will fill the brook with litter and turn the path into a quagmire again :(

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