A CYCLEWAY linking Wallsend and Glendale has been hailed as the "Fernleigh Track of the west", and a key piece of infrastructure for both Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.
The $1.5 million Wallsend to Glendale shared pathway was opened yesterday.
The NSW Government, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie councils have all contributed.
NSW Government funding of $750,000 for the cycleway was allocated about eight years ago.
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Newcastle lord mayor John Tate and Lake Macquarie mayor Greg Piper both praised the joint efforts of the three government bodies to construct the path.
"The new pathway provides a wonderful, uninterrupted recreational feature for the western part of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, which is on par with the Fernleigh Track," Cr Tate said.
The cycleway connects to other bicycle routes that connect to the John Hunter Hospital, University of Newcastle, Tighes Hill TAFE and Glendale TAFE.
Wallsend MP Sonia Hornery praised her predecessor, John Mills, for securing the funding in the 2004-05 state budget.
The pathway stretches for 3.65 kilometres along a former steam tramway corridor from Ganney Street at Wallsend to Frederick Street, Glendale.