Residents in an area of Cramlington now have improved access to two bus stops near their homes.
The path at Whitelaw Place has been installed by Northumberland County Council, and now allows people to walk between the bus stops safely.
Users previously had to cross the road to use a pavement or walk on the grass verge.
The new walkway is part of a range of measures designed to improve public footpaths and cycle-ways in the Cramlington area in the light of the development of the new hospital, which is set to be complete in 2015.
The council was able to carry out the work through funding contributions from the hospital development, which were agreed through the planning process.
Local county councillor Allan Hepple has welcomed the installation of the new footpath.
He said: “I know that this footpath will make a difference to local residents who will now find it easier, safer and more convenient to access these bus stops.”