Some of the dips at the south end of the trail that turn into large puddles after heavy rain have been filled in with some kind of aggregate.
While it’s good to see the Billy Trail finally getting some – long overdue – attention, the new surface is unsuitable for all but the most hardy cyclists. I tried it with a full-suspension mountain bike with wide tyres and – even so - my wheels were skittering and it was hard to keep control of the bike. People that are not expecting the new surface could easily come off their bikes and injure themselves on the hard uneven surface.
This picture shows the new surface close up. I’ve included my glasses in the shot to give some idea of scale.
It’s hard to see this work as an improvement for any of the users of the Billy Trail. We are trying to find out who is behind the work so we can raise our concerns and – hopefully – work towards a fully accessible Billy Trail. For the time being, however, this looks like a backward step.