Nov 2022 – Lias Line Greenway: Leamington Spa – Rugby (plus a section of the Weedon – Leamington line)

As reported in RR 175, the Sustrans cycle and footpath opened earlier this year, but only used three short sections of disused railway: the Offchurch section at the southern end, a little piece of trackbed near Long Itchington, and a section between Birdingbury and Draycote. On the outskirts of Rugby, a non-Sustrans path called the Cawston Greenway also uses a section of the ex-LNWR route. Currently, the route is blocked by HS2 works, although that project is funding further development of the Lias Line Greenway. Sustrans have now extended the path on the Rugby section north from Marton Junction, where the path to Long Itchington diverges. A new bridge is to be built across the busy A423, using the original abutments, which will help take the trail nearer to its goal of linking up with the Birdingbury section.