I last rode the Tyldesley Loopline between Roe Green and Ellenbrook back in August 2014.
Salford council held a consultation about improving this route last December and it seems that there have been some works carried out - sadly that has resulted in the route being almost un-ridable for the time being.
Starting at the junction with the Roe Green Loopline, the path is in reasonable condition.
There are signs of the trees having been cut back, but initially the surface is rideable.
However, the path worsens at this point.
It is seriously muddy, no place for racing bikes...
After the bridge under the East Lancs Road the path goes up steeply to the left and open water appears on the trackbed.
From here the path on the top of the embankment is a bit muddy, but rideable, whilst the trackbed looks more like a lake.
Once the path returns to the trackbed things get much worse
Here the preparation works have churned up the trackbed.
At this point it is very difficult to make progress. The mud is several inches deep in places, and you get wheelspin on the flat.
These conditions last all the way to Ellenbrook and the start of the guided busway.
All in all this route is almost unrideable and well worth avoiding until Salford Council get round to finishing the upgrade works.