RR News 2020

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March 2011. Fareham to Gosport, link building book Hampshire. The campaign by an area resident to stop Hampshire County Council's plans to convert a lot of this former railway into a Bus Speedy Transit route have been overturned by the Supreme Court, which successfully rejected her claim that the council had not taken the welfare of protected species (i.e. bats) under consideration. The beleaguered project, initially scheduled for completion this month, can now continue. However, Hampshire County Council has spent £120,000 of taxpayers' cash combating this case, and commentators estimate that the objector has spent an identical quantity - a few of it supplied by legal support. The southern end of this former railway between Fort Brockhurst and Gosport, will remain a cycle trail, together with a part of the department to Alverstoke. ( backlinks high Authority )

March 2011. Bury to Greenmount, Larger Manchester. The a part of the Kirklees Path, additionally used by NCN6, has stopped for some years at Woolfold, about a mile west of Bury station. Nevertheless, this gap is soon to be crammed, for work has began on the long-awaited replacement for Woolfold Viaduct, to be adopted by conversion of the 'missing' ¾ mile part of trackbed. (Ralph Rawlinson)

March 2011. Maiden Newton to Bridport, Dorset. Progress continues to be made on the venture to convert the scenic Bridport branch into a 'trailway', with the main developments recently being the re-surfacing and widening of the part from Maiden Newton station to Chilfrome Lane, the agreement of the Dorset Wildlife Trust for the Trailway to run over Powerstock Common, and the purchase by Sustrans of a piece of trackbed at Loders. Click right here to learn the undertaking's latest publication. (Peter Henshaw)

March 2011. Radstock to Frome, Somerset. Plans to extend the trackbed-based mostly Collier's Means (NCN24) from Great Elm into Frome have run into problem as a result of a key landowner has refused consent for the path to run via his land. The objective of the undertaking is to get the railway path from Radstock, which at the moment ends 2 miles west of Frome, into the town in such a approach that walkers and cyclists should not have to use, or cross, the busy and dangerous A362. This refusal eliminates the most cost effective option as a chance, leaving only two alternatives which each require expensive bridge work. For further particulars, go to www.fromesmissinglink.org.uk. (Jeff Vinter)

March 2011. Bridgnorth to Coalport, Shropshire. Shropshire Council has just introduced that, due to successful negotiations with the Apley and Willey Estates which personal the trackbed of the former Severn Valley Railway between Bridgnorth and Coalport, NCN45 has been diverted on to the trackbed between these two communities. The estates have signed ten 12 months leases with the council, and the official opening is to take place on Sunday 27 March. For additional particulars, click on the link right here. (David Thompson)

February 2011. Duffield to Wirksworth, Derbyshire. It is a branch line which may finally have become a railway path had been it not for the efforts of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, which has succeeded in bringing it again to life. The grand opening weekend runs from Friday 8th to Sunday tenth April, with a two hourly service from every finish of the line. Some years ago, the membership negotiated a stroll over the route when it was derelict, so a small number of members have actually achieved a 'trackbed bash' over the line. An unusual feature was the use of photo voltaic power to illuminate level crossing warning lights. One wonders if the solar panels have been preserved along with the remainder of the branch. (Jeff Vinter)

February 2011. Bathgate to Drumgelloch, North Lanarkshire/West Lothian. The popular railway path between Bathgate and Drumgelloch was closed in October 2008 as a way to permit the re-building and re-opening of the Bathgate to Drumgelloch railway line. The great news for native walkers and cyclists is that Network Rail has invested £7.3 million in constructing a new cycle trail which runs parallel to the re-opened railway. Each the brand new railway and cycle trail opened on schedule in December 2010. (Jeff Vinter)

February 2011. Yapton, West Sussex. Most travellers on the 'Coastway West' railway line between Brighton and Portsmouth in all probability assume that Barnham station has been there 'for ever', nevertheless it was in truth opened in 1864 along with the department line to Bognor Regis - developments which brought about Yapton station, a couple of miles east and opened with the line in 1846, to close. Miraculously, Yapton station survived in usually good condition for practically a hundred and fifty years after closure, but its luck has now run out. When the Webmaster passed by on the morning of 21 February 2011, it had been gutted by fire - presumably the work of local arsonists. It was sad to see yet one more piece of local historical past consigned to the dustbin.