Home Events Ministerial visit to Queensbury Tunnel

Ministerial visit to Queensbury Tunnel

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill visited Queensbury near Bradford today (June 23) where locals are trying to save a disused railway tunnel for future use as a cycle path.

The structure, one and a half miles in length, is due to undergo repair work to safeguard a number of properties built alongside its five ventilation shafts, but there are fears that the design solution might involve filling parts of the tunnel with mass concrete plugs. Campaigners are hoping that the Department for Transport will instruct the Highways Agency, which owns the tunnel, to engineer its works so that a through route can be maintained.

“We need to see what we can do to try and capitalise on this fantastic asset and ensure that it isn’t lost to future generations,” said Mr Goodwill.

Part of the tunnel is currently flooded, with waters reaching a depth of 30 feet at the south portal. The intention is to pump the water out over the summer in advance of a full structural survey being carried out which will determine what form the remedial works take.

Report by Graeme Bickerdike

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Recommended

Ian Wilson to expand rail freight offering at Forth Ports

Forth Ports, the UK’s third largest ports group that owns and operates eight commercial ports in the UK – Tilbury on the...

Rail passengers encouraged to ‘Sip, Save and Recycle’

Network Rail is encouraging passengers to Sip, Save and Recycle as it installs 32 coffee cup recycling bins at seven of Britain’s...

Network Rail Launches Environmental Sustainability Strategy

Network Rail has published its ambitious and forward-looking Environmental Sustainability Strategy which forms a key part of its ambition for rail travel...

All change at RDG

Major changes in the leadership of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) are underway as the organisation gets ready for the reforms...

Totalkare moves to larger premises

On the back of several years of sustained growth, Totalkare has relocate to a new, purpose-built facility at Pensnett Trading Estate...