HRE Group

HRE Group

The HRE Group is an alliance of walking, cycling and heritage campaigners, civil engineers and greenway developers acting to safeguard threatened disused railway structures. Highways England, acting for the Department for Transport, has plans to demolish or infill hundreds of structures, compromising future greenway schemes by blocking or severing the routes they span or carry.

RR has sent a letter of support to the HRE Group. Graeme Bickerdike from the HRE Group has asked if the club (and individual members) could post letters of objection when (or should) further planning applications be lodged for inappropriate permanent infilling of bridges. The RR Chairman will do this and will also make individual members aware of the issue via our usual club communication channels.

This RR page is dedicated to the Press Releases and associated articles issued by the HRE Group.

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May 2022 – Minister asked to intervene as report exposes bridge infill failings

Posted: 16th May 2022. Category: Post/Article

HRE Group press release regarding the infilling of legacy rail bridges See More»

May 2022 – Bridge emergency “deceit” exposed

Posted: 9th May 2022. Category: Post/Article

HRE Group press release regarding the infilling of legacy rail bridges See More»

Apr 2022 – Engineers reject bridge infill “emergency”

Posted: 26th Apr 2022. Category: Post/Article

HRE Group press release regarding the infilling of Great Musgrave in Cumbria See More»

Apr 2022 – Campaigners rally opposition to bridge infill “vandalism”

Posted: 16th Apr 2022. Category: Post/Article

Plans to link two Cumbrian heritage railways could be sunk unless objectors convince a local council to reject a planning application to make the infilling of a Victorian bridge permanent. See More»

Mar 2022 – Report reveals active travel potential of at-risk historic bridges

Posted: 16th Mar 2022. Category: Post/Article

HRE Group Press Release regarding a Sustrans report to the DfT See More»

Jan 2022 – Campaigners condemn “crass” bridge request

Posted: 24th Jan 2022. Category: Post/Article

HRE Group Press Release regarding a stone arch bridge in Cumbria See More»

Jan 2022 – Anger as bridge fencing blocks wildlife corridor

Posted: 21st Jan 2022. Category: Post/Article

HRE Group Press Release on steel fencing around an historic railway bridge fencing blocking a wildlife corridor See More»

Dec 2021 – Infill threat lifted from historic bridge

Posted: 5th Jan 2022. Category: Post/Article

Campaigners have welcomed National Highways’ commitment to reprieve a historic railway bridge in East Sussex following robust opposition from the community and local council. See More»

Dec 2021 – “Underhand” bridge works progressed despite Government’s infill pause

Posted: 15th Dec 2021. Category: Post/Article

HRE Group Press Release on ongoing National Highways activity See More»

Oct 2021 – Locals furious as bridge scheme prompts unauthorised tree-felling

Posted: 27th Oct 2021. Category: Post/Article

HRE Group report on National Highways contractor who, according to a landowner, entered their property and cut down trees without permission to make way for a bridge demolition. See More»

Oct 2021 – MP intervenes as bridge scheme descends into “farce”

Posted: 12th Oct 2021. Category: Post/Article

HRE Group highlighting concerns over plans to bury a historic bridge in a thousand tonnes of aggregate and concrete, blocking a wildlife corridor. See More»

Oct 2021 – “Wrecking-ball act” threatens future of historic bridge

Posted: 5th Oct 2021. Category: Post/Article

HRE Group highlighting concerns over the infill of a historic railway bridge within a conservation area See More»

Sep 2021 – National Highways: “existential threat” to legacy rail structures

Posted: 9th Sep 2021. Category: Post/Article

HRE Group highlighting concerns that infilling work is expected to resume in the autumn. See More»

Aug 2021 – Highways England acting like “cowboys and bullies” over bridge scheme

Posted: 9th Aug 2021. Category: Post/Article

A fortnight after the announcement that the infilling programme would be ‘paused’ (i.e. not stopped), The HRE Group identifies more imminent infillings See More»

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