WORK on a £50,000 scheme to upgrade a BMX track in Hartlepool is nearing completion.
The upgrade of the track at the 100-acre Summerhill park, off Catcote Road, started on September 10 and the bulk of the work is complete, with three out of four straights and the three bitumen-surfaced corners now in place.
Tony Davison, Summerhill co-ordinator, said: “The new-look course is really taking shape and I am delighted with the improvements.
“When all of the work is finished there will be four straights and three new bitumen-surfaced berms or turns.
“There will also be improved spectator areas, better drainage and space for support vehicles used during competitions. The track will also be much easier to maintain.
“The course – still one of the longest and most exciting in the country – will also be of national standard, which is the level required to attract major competitions.”
The improvements are being overseen by Jason Carpenter whose company BMX Track Construction has worked on national standard tracks in Derby, Wolverhampton and Wales.
He said: “The track was quite good even before this scheme began, but it was really high maintenance.
“These improvements will make it much easier to look after. From a rider’s point of view, there will be less stones on the surface and the course will be smoother, giving riders improved grip.”
The improvement works are being funded with a grant from BIFFA landfill tax which was secured through a partnership between Hartlepool Borough Council which owns and runs Summerhill, and local BMX club North East BMX.