An additional cycleway that will connect Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire could be routed along a 137-year-old viaduct.
Plans are afoot to see the Bennerley viaduct that takes in the Erwash Valley between Awsworth and Ilkeston to be turned into a cycle path.
The wrought iron lattice work viaduct is over 18 metres above ground at its highest and the proposals to develop the 19th century grade two listed site have been met with “unanimous approval”, reports the Nottingham Post.
The viaduct is managed by Sustrans and it is they who are seeking the £2m investment to link up the two counties. The cycling and walking charity is to make a bid for heritage lottery funding over the coming months.
Sustrans have pushed for the viaduct to be turned into a cycleway for the past 12 years but it was met with financial obstacles to address when it was last proposed in April 2013.
The viaduct hasn’t been used since the 1960s and appears on the English Heritage ‘at risk’ register.
“It’s early stages yet, but we delighted with the Sustrans proposals,” Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Gaynor Jones Jenkins said.
“Developing the viaduct as a footpath and cycleway will be a great opportunity for people to get outdoors.”
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Chris first started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2013 on work experience and has since become a regular name in the magazine and on the website. Reporting from races, long interviews with riders from the peloton and riding features drive his love of writing about all things two wheels.
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