The Federation Trail along Skeleton Creek in Melbourne's west is open again.
A concrete barricade erected across a major cycling and walking trail in Melbourne's west has been removed, days after it appeared.
It is believed the barrier was put in place on behalf of the Barro Group, a concrete and quarrying company, which is in dispute with VicRoads over a section of the Federation Trail that passes one of its concreting plants.
Fairfax Media reported on Thursday that VicRoads had instructed cyclists to use a detour along local roads instead of the trail while it attempted to settle the dispute.
Bicycle Network Victoria's Garry Brennan implored the company to "settle the property matter in an orderly and civil manner" rather than stop cyclists from using the trail.
By Friday morning he had his wish, as the barrier was gone and the section of trail along Skeleton Creek had reopened. Barro has been contacted for comment.
The Federation Trail is one of the main off-road shared cycling and walking paths in Melbourne's west, running between Werribee South and Brooklyn along the alignment of the historic main outfall sewer for most of its length. The trail is planned to eventually extend to Hyde Street beneath the West Gate Bridge, for a total length of 24 kilometres.
In October, the Napthine government announced construction would start early next year on a $5.3 million bike bridge across the Newport-Albion freight line, which will extend the path to Yarraville.
Built to mark the centenary of Australia's federation, the trail was opposed by nearby industries from the outset over concerns it would bring cyclists too close to potentially hazardous manufacturing operations.