The latest press release from the HRE Group
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They are in need of UK-wide intelligence of proposed and planned cycle and walking paths around the country that might be threatened by the proposed HRE infilling and demolition.
Jeff Vinter has written a selection of articles titled ‘The January Lockdown’.
Database is now available on the Branch Line Society Website.
An update from the trustees
A short video highlighting the HRE Group campaign to preserve our railway heritage
Could be useful to walk organisers
The Rail to Trail project is a group committed to transforming disused railways into 21st century travel networks in Somerset
The e-petition by the HRE Group to Highways England and Department for Transport is now set up
Planning application to re-route a section of path
Route between Bruton and Wincanton could be brought back into use as an “active travel” route
In the latest magazine the Chairman discusses if/how we should support campaigns – and indeed we’re looking to recruit a Campaigns Officer. Any thoughts?
(as previously reported)
Photographs of what are alleged to be the world’s oldest railway viaduct and tunnel, on an 18th century waggonway/tramroad at Flockton near Wakefield.
The Keswick – Threlkeld path is to re-open
Is the time right for RR to introduce a discussion thread facility? Will it work for us? Are there benefits? Are there risks? Is it unfair on non-website users? Do we need rules?
The Viaduct stands 90ft above Scandal Beck in the Westmorland Dales in Cumbria. It has re-opened to walkers
Camping coaches are back at Sandsend Station near Whitby
The fabulously restored Droxford Station on the Meon Valley line is advertised for sale for £1.6 million.
Lowdham Signal Boxhas been saved by Lowdham Railway Heritage and relocated nearby
Railway Paths is making new plans for the future and is interested in your views on who is best placed to look after ex-railway assets
Railway Paths is making new plans for the future and is interested in your views.
Latest posting from Queensbury Tunnel Community Group and its communication with Highways England
This perhaps does not meet the criteria for Vinter’s Gazetteer, but here is a trail with a difference: inspired by HS2 and running alongside a live railway. Greenways and Cycleroutes (G&C) have reported on a proposal to create the Misbourne Greenway, a path for walkers and cyclists alongside the Chiltern Line between Wendover and Great […]
Have your say in the government consultation clarifying pedestrian and cyclist priority. The consultation closes on 27th October
According to a report in Rail magazine, the 1.7 mile-long Catesby Tunnel on the ex-Great Central route is to be opened to cyclists on Sundays, after the completion of the testing facility. It is expected the tunnel could be opened up in this way by next spring. (David White)
Colin Davidson, an Alnwick resident since 1969, is behind a project to create a trail on the old railway from the Greensfield area of the town (roughly where new development ceases) to Mossy Ford on the B6341, the Alnwick-Rothbury road. The total length on the trackbed would be just over two miles, and the route would […]
The former railway mineral line from Netherfield to Gedling Colliery (now Gedling Country Park) has been designated as a potential cycle and walking route in the local council’s development plan. Tracing further back, the line was part of the Great Northern Railway extension from Derby which takes a circular route around the north of Nottingham. […]
An engineering innovation and test centre to develop the next generation of Very Light Rail coaches is to be built on the site of Dudley Station and, according to the Construction Enquirer, there will also be a 1½ mile test track ‘along a disused railway line’. The article does not specify which line this might […]
Between grid references SE 201247–SE 217237, a path exists along a 1½-mile section of the former Leeds (New Line) and utilises the superb Heckmondwike Cutting, which is no ordinary cutting thanks to the five stone overbridges and short tunnel which take it through the town. Most of the path is on the trackbed and, at […]
The project to take the Wye Valley Cycleway through Tidenham Tunnel is gathering pace after months of uncertainty (concerning bats!) which ended when planning permission was finally granted. Workcamp No 2 was established with wigwam accommodation, track-lifting commenced both north and south of the tunnel, as did clearance work along the line. The tunnel works […]
A planning application by the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) has been made for a 3½ mile extension to Centurion Way from West Dean to Cocking Hill. The proposed works to create a shared path for pedestrians and cyclists include replacement bridge parapets, an earth ramp on Drovers Estate, a bridge deck at Littlewood […]
An international competition has been announced to convert a 0.7 mile stretch of abandoned railway into a £35 million raised linear park connecting Camden Town with King’s Cross. The Camden Highline project, planned to open in phases from 2024, will create a new London park and linear walking featuring seating areas, cafés and spaces for […]
A low-key photo shoot was held in September to mark the opening of the ‘missing mile’ of the Downs Link in Christ’s Hospital, which runs between Mill Lane and Christ’s Hospital Station. The works included repairing two bridges, vegetation clearance, surfacing, drainage and platform repairs. A traffic-free route is now open right through to the […]
The MP for North Cornwall, Scott Mann, is looking into a project which could link the Camel Trial (Bodmin to Padstow, via Wadebridge) with the Granite Way (Lydford to Okehampton), and on to the Tarka Trail in North Devon (which can be picked up in Okehampton). The obvious means by which to link the Camel […]
Controversial plans to turn the Monsal Trail and the Viaduct back into a railway See FB post » For non-FB users, click here for link to BBC article
Railway Paths Ltd (RPL) have signed an agreement so Defra can release £63k grant
Broxtowe Council has transferred £100,000 grant to the Bennerley Viaduct project
At long last, the new route for the A66 in this area has been finalised and a final round of consultations is due to start. The route of the road will avoid the trackbed of the old railway, which the DfT must regard as some kind of asset, despite the ‘final solution’ inclinations of the […]
Recently our correspondent just managed to find a space in Garnier Road Car Park next to the old GWR trackbed just south of Winchester. This is because last September a new refreshments establishment, called The Handlebar Café, was built on the trackbed – increasing footfall considerably, but not necessarily onto the old line. (Richard Lewis)
Dorset Council have announced plans to remove the famous Weymouth Harbour branch line
A 25-mile rail trail has been created between Athlone and Mullingar in the Republic of Ireland. A route map with access points may be found on the Westmeath County Council website. The trail, which was opened in October 2015, uses a converted stretch of the Midlands Great Western Railway and is intended eventually to form […]
£8 million project to rebuild the Keswick – Threlkeld railway path in Cumbria remains on target for completion by the end of the year.
A local group want to reinstate Upton and North Elmsall Station near Wakefield, which was once a stop on the Hull and Barnsley Railway and closed in 1959. The line, which was built to transport coal to Hull’s docks, ran through what is now Upton Country Park, and the group plan to lay a single […]
Last month a ‘fact-finding’ passenger train traversed the Fawley branch – also known as the Waterside line – carrying, among others, Network Rail Chairman, Sir Peter Hendy, and Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, as plans for a large new residential development at Fawley have revived hopes of restoring the rail link. The line could also give […]
Threat to the traffic-free ‘Strawberry Line’ between Yatton and Cheddar